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19-20. 2. 2018: The Energy Concept as a Core Element of Basic Science Education - A GDCP Conference

15. February 2018

Contemporary teaching in science subjects should help students to develop a sound understanding of the central concepts of science. Although there is a consensus in science education that the energy concept is one of these central concepts, there is still a lack of concepts for the systematic development of a sound understanding of energy.

The aim of the conference, which is geared toward physicists teaching physics, is to engage in a discussion on recent work regarding teaching and learning energy - especially models showing a systematic development of the understanding of energy during the course of the school career. Possible teaching concepts, units and materials for the development of the understanding of energy, as well as approaches to understanding the comprehension of energy and its development will be discussed. Finally, the question of understanding energy as a central element of scientific education should also be taken into account - in particular the question of how far a sound understanding of energy can prepare students for participation in the social and professional world.

The conference will begin with a short introductory lecture on the role of the energy concept as the central concept of science, followed by a lecture giving a brief historical outline of the research conducted to date on teaching and learning energy in the teaching and learning of science. Based on this, four sessions will deal with aspects of teaching and learning energy as a central concept of science.