Teaching And Learning Of Physics Essay

802 Words Apr 30th, 2015 4 Pages
1500 words drawing and reflecting upon your experiences, relate these to at least two of the themes addressed in the module. Assess and evaluate the role that your chosen themes have on students and the teaching and learning of physics in secondary schools. How important is the role that they play and what are the key lessons for teachers in considering these areas in the future.

Physics in high school is important as it develops pupils’ general understanding of the world around them (Millar & Osbourne, 1998). This is recognised by pupils (Osborne & Collins, 2001) however, the uptake of physics in post-compulsory education is significantly lower than other subjects ((Roberts, 2002) as cited by (Bennet, et al., 2013)). As a result, there are concerns for the future work force as there are “predicted shortages of people electing to pursue careers related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)” (Bennet, et al., 2013, p. 663). Therefore, it is extremely important to increase the number of pupils selecting physics for their A-Level studies and further education. Ateh & Charpentier (2014) say this is possible if there is an increase in engagement and interest in the subject during compulsory education.
Two factors that have large impacts on engagement and interest of pupils in physics are the National Curriculum and lesson planning (and execution) by teachers. The National Curriculum is relevant as it dictates a large majority of the content that pupils are…

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