Innovative Learning in Quantum Physics; Objectives, Contents and Methods

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


We are currently experiencing the so-called second quantum revolution (with buzzwords like quantum optics, quantum materials, quantum cryptography, quantum internet). At the same time, pseudo-spiritual and commercial quantum quackery (e.g. quantum dishwasher tablets, quantum dating, quantum peace) is also flourishing. Both are reasons why many countries consider it important that young students learn about quantum physics. Not only quantum physics itself but also the learning objectives, content and methods have been revolutionized in recent decades. Innovative teaching alternatives to the infamous "shut up and caltulate" approach make quantum physics accessible to all students from middle school to college. These approaches do not use complex formalism. They show students that quantum physics is not incomprehensible magic but real and useful science. I will present a selection of suitable approaches for different target groups, for example, to make quantum phenomena tangible or to address aspects of Nature of Science.
PeriodJan 2022
Event titleAAPT Virtual Winter Meeting 2022: Virtual conference of the American Association of Physics Teachers
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational