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TITLE OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITY
IN THE LANGUAGE OF TUITION
New ways of teaching mathematics and physics – practical and cross-curricular approach
TRAINING AIMED AT PARTICIPANTS RECEIVING :
A COMENIUS GRANT (SCHOOL EDUCATION)

TYPE AND ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING:
COURSE
(training resulting from an llp or previous socrates project (comenius, lingua, grundtvig, minerva))

LLP OR SOCRATES PROJECT NO. : 128771-CP-1-2006-DECOMENIUS-C21
IN-SERVICE TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF SCIENCES
Maths, chemistry & physics
New technologies
MAIN LANGUAGE: English
OTHER LANGUAGE/S USED DURING THE TRAINING:
English
LANGUAGE VERSION(S) IN WHICH MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED:
English
SCHOOL AND PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION
General secondary
Vocational/Technical secondary
Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
Teacher trainers
INSTITUTION ORGANISING THE TRAINING
University of Ljubljana, Dep. of mathematics, Faculty of mathematics and p
Jadranska 21
1000 -
Ljubljana
Slovenia
http:// mat.fmf.uni-lj.si/index_en.php
 
Dr. Damjan Kobal
003861 4766 538
003861 4766 684
damjan.kobal@fmf.uni-lj.si
Tine Golež
0038615822231
0038615121065
tine.golez@guest.arnes.si
FULL DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENTS
IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRAINING: (EN)
A web-page for the course will be built at
www.sciencemath.ph-gmuend.de

Besides giving the participants up-to date information the purpose is also to gather information on the participants’ profiles in order to cater the course to their specific needs. Such a preliminary contact can also serve as an ice-breaking experience for the participants.
Many reports show substantial decline in the interest and recruitment of young people into Science and Mathematics studies at a European level as well as low effectiveness of the teaching of these difficult disciplines. The ScienceMath project shows there are still some not enough applied opportunities which can enhance the teaching. The cross-curricular activities are the focus point of suggested improvement of the teaching. According to this the course will aim the following objectives:

* To familiarize participants with examples of good practice in Science and Mathematics teaching demonstrated by work developed under the Sciencemath Comenius 2.1 project.
* To experience how a cross curricular based course may develop in a classroom environment using some exemplary materials.
* To develop the skills necessary to manage the implementation of ScienceMath lessons
* To provide a scientific and language background for math teachers
* To encourage participants to develop teaching materials relevant to their own context and pupils’ ability and to organize such materials
* To provide a variety of research based teaching ideas, practical classroom skills and materials.
* To promote a culture of reflective practice and research among teachers and to facilitate the exchange of good practice and expertise.
* To increase teacher collaboration within the European dimension of science education.
* To show the use of computer based experiments as an essential part of teaching physics
*To use GeoGebra for math and physics
The course will be divided in three type of sessions:

A. PLENARY sessions (less than 40% of the seminar):
Theoretical framework will be presented and some result of our teaching methods – their implementations. Certainly the participants will be involved in the following discussion.

B. WORKSHOP sessions:
Exploring ScienceMath materials and other materials. Getting familiar to the experimentation techniques in order to be capable to collect realistic data of phenomena and use them in the teaching of mathematics. The participants will be fully involved in the use of the equipment. Several teaching sequence integrating science-mathematics-ICT issues (mostly physics).

C. WORKING GROUP hands on sessions:
Very similar to WORKSHOP session but with almost no interference of the staff. The participants will be encouraged to take advantage of peers’ collaboration.

D. EVALUATION
The evaluation will recourse the seminar in order to fit as much as possible to the needs of participants.

MATERIALS to be handled to participants:
- A USB memory stick containing the products of ScienceMath project.
- Students worksheets and teacher guide for the exemplary educational material
The ScienceMath site will create a discussion forum in order to facilitate the contacts and exchanges of implementations.
 
PROGRAMME OF THE TRAINING ACTIVITIES (DAY BY DAY)
Sunday 21st August: Participants arrival

Monday 22nd August
8:00 - 12:00
• Welcome session: Introduction of trainers and participants.
• Background session: ScienceMath project aims and results
• Lecture and an example of combined (math-physics) lesson
• Discussion
14:00 – 17:00
• Workshop: basic measurements and sensors
Activity: Visit to the city.

Tuesday 23 th August:
8:00 am – 12:00
• Lecture: GeoGebra
• Workshop: physics and mathematics
• Workshop: phyiscs experiments

14:00 – 17:00

•Working groups on the course-project

Wednesday 24th August:
8:00 am – 12:00
• Research in the teaching of mathematics and science
• Workshop: presenting and exploring teaching modules
• Working groups: exploring teaching modules
Afternoon:
Measurements in real world – field work incorporated into science teaching excursion.
Typical Slovenian dinner.

Thursday 25th August:
8:00 am – 12:00
• Teaching with Geogebra
• Workshop: presenting and exploring teaching modules
• Working groups: exploring teaching modules

14:00 – 17:00
Advanced physics experiments

Working groups

Friday 26th August:
8:00 am – 12:00
• Good praxis: connecting math and physics
• Lecture of the perspectives in the teaching Math and Science
• Workshop:
• Final evaluation, final notes and conclusions
 
TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input and Europass
 
Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input and Europass
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