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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: X5K207
No such Code for pgprog: X5K307
No such Code for pgprog: X9A102

Department: Education

EDUC45230: CPD Physics as an Additional Subject Specialism

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to X5K207
Tied to X5K307
Tied to X9K907 Education [UK]
Tied to X9A102
Tied to X9KC14 The Practice of Education

Prerequisites

  • None.

Corequisites

  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.

Aims

  • To provide physics subject matter knowledge for non-specialist secondary science teachers
  • To develop teaching skills in physics among non-specialist secondary science teachers
  • To develop understanding about current issues in physics education research

Content

  • Physics content knowledge teaching on topics to A level standard, to include: forces and motion, electricity and magnetism, light and sound (electromagnetic spectrum); earth in space; particle physics; contemporary physics
  • Physics teaching methodology to include: issues relating to practical work; the nature of science; error, risk and hazard; context-based v traditional physics courses; assessment of learning
  • Issues in physics education research, to include: the role of practical work and experiments; misconceptions in physics; language and discourse; attitudes to physics; SEN and inclusion; teachers’ orientations towards science and science teaching; diagnostic and formative assessment

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • PASS participants will:-
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of physics concepts
  • Gain experience of methodology appropriate for teaching physics
  • Understand how physics education research relates to and impacts on classroom practice
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Knowledge and understanding of physics
  • Research in physics education
  • How research in physics education relates to classroom practice
Key Skills:
  • Developing the ability to study independently and through collaborative work by participation in group discussions presentation of research and / subject information to peers
  • Developing the ability to reflect critically and analytically on relevant literature
  • Using research, personal knowledge and subject specific knowledge to develop and improve professional classroom practice

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Formative - Completion of a diagnostic test probing understanding of physics concepts culminating in a summative 1500 word reflective essay illustrating progress in understanding physics, physics teaching methodology and research issues, for example by: discussing development of personal understanding of a physics concept in relation to relevant research and other literature, discussing students’ understandings / attitudes towards a physics concept/ topic in relation to relevant research and other literature
  • Summative - 3500 word essay / equivalent multi-media / other presentation that draws critically on research literature on physics teaching, showing impact on practice and development of understanding of physics concepts, for example by:tracking development of students’ understanding of a physics topic in a series of lessons planned and taught by the participant, resulting from engagement and reflection on literature, analysing current literature relating to an issue in physics education research from a range of perspectives, including demonstration of potential impact on students’ understanding and teaching methods
  • Complete the diagnostic test probing understanding of physics concepts at the end of the module

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures - Physics concepts and teaching metholodogy 12 2 24
Seminars - research in Physics teaching 4 3 12
Preparation & reading 264
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Assignment 3500 words 60%
Reflective essay 1500 words 40%

Formative Assessment:

Formative Completion of a diagnostic test probing understanding of physics concepts culminating in a summative 1500 word reflective essay illustrating progress in understanding physics, physics / teaching methodology and research issues, for example by:- discussing development of personal understanding of a physics concept in relation to relevant research and other literature, discussing students’ understandings / attitudes towards a physics concept/ topic in relation to relevant research and other literature


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University