Professional education for physics teachers

This autumn a new professional development course for physics teachers began. To make it easier for teachers to take the course, it is divided into three smaller sub-courses, which they may take at their own pace.
‘We have received a very positive response to the course and the format from participants’, course coordinator Jonas Enger says.

Nearly 20 upper-level compulsory teachers and upper-second school teachers have signed up for the autumn course. The course syllabus will be developed in consultation between the participants and Jonas Enger, who is the examiner. The course is based on current research results in physics, educational and didactic aspects of learning and new learning environments. Among other things, the Department of Physics is using the recently inaugurated Active Learning Classroom (ALC).
‘A group of teachers has focused on the importance of increasing active learning and the social context for learning among students’, says Enger. ‘The teachers themselves may work with the room and plan a course exercise. Then they can take their students there and test the exercise.’

Enger hopes that the course will help participants to advance in their professional training and what they learn will lead to changes in the classroom. He believes that the University of Gothenburg can play a major role by enabling trained teachers to continue their education and also take part in networking among active teachers.
‘It’s important for teachers to have factual, educational and didactic professional training as a motivating force in their professional lives and that we do not cut connections with our students when they finish their studies.’

The course includes several physical meetings per semester, but a large part of the course is built on distance learning. In future, Jonas Enger wants to enlarge the concept and have a course conducted entirely through distance learning.
’It’s possible to do so much with the technologies and platforms that we have today, which means we can conduct the course for teachers who are unable to be here physically.’