‘Why don’t you just tell us what light really is?’: Easy-to-implement teaching materials that link quantum physics to nature of science

Kirsten Stadermann*, Martin Goedhart

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Abstract

High school students' difficulties with quantum physics (QP) are partly due to their limited understanding of the nature of science (NOS). The essence of QP can only be understood with informed views about NOS aspects such as the role of models and the relevance of controversies between physicists. Inversely, QP is an ideal topic for teaching aspects of NOS. However, secondary school textbooks seldom support teachers to explicitly address NOS in QP. Drawing on a five year research program, including observations of students and teachers, we present teaching resources that link NOS aspects with QP. Our materials support active and reflective learning activities, while being adaptable to teachers' individual needs and affordances. We hope to inspire teachers to address NOS in their QP lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Article number025014
JournalPhysics Education
Volume57
Issue number2
Early online date29 Dec 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D

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