GIREP Conference Proceedings and Selected Contributions

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Krakow 2016

Proceedings of the GIREP Seminar 2016 on the occasion of GIREP 50th Anniversary 



The Proceedings present selected contributions from the international conference GIREP Seminar 2016, organized by GIREP vzw organization and the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science at the Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. It was our great privilege to host GIREP members and friends in the year of the 50th Anniversary of GIREP organization. The first day of this event offered an opportunity to recall special memories and to thank everyone that has contributed to the growth of GIREP during the last half-century.

The general seminar topic Research-based proposals for improving physics teaching and learn-ing – focus on laboratory work emphasized the importance of laboratory activities in physics education. The overall aim of this seminar was to highlight the various aspects of laboratory work involved in establishing an environment where physics teaching and learning can take place, and in particular the development of physics literacy. Several topics have been discussed in order to line out a wider view of laboratory work at all levels of physics and science education, from primary school to physics courses at the university.

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Wroclaw 2015

Proceedings of GIREP-EPEC 2015 International Conference



The volume presents the Proceedings of the GIREP EPEC 2015 Wrocław International Conference consisting of the papers submitted by the participants of the event.

We have tried to do our best to group authors’ proposals thematically following both, domains:

  • Researching formation of Key Competences in physics teaching and learning – new research approaches, new methods, innovative learning strategies, new models;
  • Key Competences changing pedagogy – formative assessment, teacher role, student role, KC oriented assessment, shared pedagogy, KC oriented pedagogy;
  • Developing of Key Competences – examples of good practices;

and groups:

  • Research (physics education research, empirical as well as theoretical levels);
  • Research and development (including classroom ideas, practical issues, development etc. being more substantial than research);
  • Classroom ideas, teaching and learning practice (no or minimal research part).

As a result of the grouping process three chapters were created:

  • Towards Key Competences,
  • Educational Development and Research,
  • Teaching-Learning Practices and Classroom Ideas.

The Organizing Committee received a large number of proposals and selection involved very careful decisions. Due to diversity of proposals and richness of the subjects suggested by the authors it appeared to be not an easy task and resulted in preparation of two publications. The one entitled “Key Competences in Physics Teaching and Learning” and containing selected contributions was published by Springer, and the second one, Proceedings of the Conference, you are reading now. We hope that the authors, the participants of the event and the readers will be satisfied by the organization and content of each volume.

The conference language – English – is rich, complex and dynamic. Considering that for most people English is not their mother tongue, it is little wonder that the structures and nuances vary significantly across nations. The Proceedings are the output of the international conference; one of their strengths is the ability to be truly representative and inclusive. That is why we prefer the essence of the matter on its style and content and the way it is presented. As a result one can find in the volume phrases or sentences that might not fit with some rules of English grammar, for what we do apologize, but we are proud that during the review process no work was rejected because of deficiencies in its use of language.

Each paper was reviewed by at least two reviewers. The organizers are grateful to the authors for their enthusiasm and to all the reviewers for their painstaking work and the time they devoted to the evaluation process.

Ewa Dębowska and Tomasz Greczyło


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Palermo 2014

Proceedings of the GIREP-MPTL 2014 International Conference



The GIREP-MPTL International conference on Teaching/Learning Physics: Integrating Research into Practice [GIREP-MPTL 2014] was held . from 7 to 12 July 2014, at the University of Palermo, Italy.

The conference has been organised by the Groupe International de Recherche sur l’Enseignement de la Physique [GIREP] and the Multimedia in Physics Teaching and Learning [MPTL] group and it has been sponsored by the International Commission on Physics Education [ICPE] – Commission 14 of the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics [IUPAP], the European Physical Society – Physics Education Division [EPS-PED], the Latin American Physics Education Network [LAPEN] and the Società Italiana di Fisica [SIF].

The theme of the conference, Teaching/Learning Physics: Integrating Research into Practice, underlines aspects of great relevance in contemporary science education. In fact, during the last few years, evidence based Physics Education Research provided results concerning the ways and strategies to improve student conceptual understanding, interest in Physics, epistemological awareness and insights for the construction of a scientific citizenship. However, Physics teaching practice seems resistant to adopting adapting these findings to their own situation and new research based curricula find difficulty in affirming and spread, both at school and university levels. The conference offered an opportunity for in-depth discussions of this apparently wide-spread tension in order to find ways to do better.

The purpose of the GIREP-MPTL 2014 was to bring together people working in physics education research and in physics education at schools from all over the world to allow them to share research results and exchange their experience.

About 300 teachers, educators, and researchers, from all continents and 45 countries have attended the Conference contributing with 177 oral presentations, 15 workshops, 11 symposia, and around 60 poster presentations, together with 11 keynote addresses (general talks).

After the conference, 147 papers have been submitted for the GIREP-MPTL 2014 International Conference proceedings. Each paper has been reviewed by at least two reviewers, from countries that are different to those of the authors and on the basis of criteria described on the Conference web site. Papers were subsequently revised by authors according to reviewers’ comments and the accepted papers are reported in this book, divided in 8 Sections on the basis of the keywords suggested by authors. The other book section (actually, the first one) contains the papers that six of the keynote talkers sent for publication in this Proceedings Book.

We would like to thank all the authors that contributed with their papers to the realization of this book and all the referees that with their criticism helped authors to improve the quality of the papers.

Palermo, 30th June 2015

Rosa Maria Sperandeo Mineo and Claudio Fazio

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