Challenges for Physics Education in High School

Workshop | Monday, July 09, 2018 - Friday, July 13, 2018
Directors:
Vanderlei Bagnato
Alvaro Ferraz

OVERVIEW:

 

The prosperity and well-being of a country's population in the world today depend heavily on its technological performance and capacity for innovation. Brazilian scientific production has been growing at an accelerated pace. We are reaping the fruits of the postgraduate institutionalization promoted by the National bank BNDES (National Bank for Economic and Social Development) from the 60's through the non-repayable investments made by Governmental program FUNTEC (The Technology Fund) and then by Federal agency FINEP( Funding Authority for Studies and Projects). However, the conversion of the knowledge thus generated into patents, technological advancements and innovative products continues to face serious obstacles, especially in human resources training. One of the most serious aspects is the poor quality of science education in high school. It is evidenced in an objective and unequivocal way by the OCDE's (Organization for Economic Co- operation and Development) PISA (International Student Assessment Program), which evaluates the performance of 15-year-olds in written comprehension, math, and science. In the most recent evaluation, in a list of 65 countries, Brazil figures in the last ten.

 

According to PISA, "In today's technology-based societies, the understanding of fundamental scientific theories and concepts and the capacity to structure and solve scientific problems are more important than at any other time."

 

Our deflections hinder both the motivation and the preparation of new generations of scientists and engineers. The availability of a working force capable of giving support to a technological state-of-the-art innovation-based industry. In a broader sense, they affect the degree of consciousness of all citizens in making day- to-day decisions more dependent on the understanding of technological advances. Education in Physics in high school in Brazil is generally taught by unprepared, discredited and overburdened teachers. It is book based, with no experimental basis and disconnected from daily practice. Diagrams and formulas in books or computer screens, are seen by students as abstract entities, which must be memorized because they are required in the exams, but are unrelated to any connections with the real world. Improving this situation is the priority and most urgent task. Meritorious initiatives to broaden and improve teacher training, which is a good way to recycle the existing ones, are already underway, but on a necessarily slow time scale. Until its effects are felt, we have already widened our backwardness and lost many young talented people.

 

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:

 

  • The challenges of teaching with experimentation
  • Teaching with videos and use of interact
  • Extra curriculum education
  • Teaching of Mathematics
  • Teachings of the frontiers of physics

 

REGISTRATION: 

 

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 Registration deadline: June 06, 2018

 

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EVENT PROGRAM
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Date Time Speakers Name Talk Title

Monday

July 09, 2018

08:30 am - 09:30 am

EVENT REGISTRATION

10:30 am - 11:00 am

COFFEE-BREAK

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Eric Kuo

Invited speaker

University of Pittsburgh

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Nelson Studart

Invited speaker

Federal University of ABC

TBC

04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

COFFEE-BREAK

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Stephane Ouvry

Invited speaker

LPTMS, Université Paris-Sud

Tuesday

July 10, 2018

08:30 am - 09:30 am

Alexander Abanov

Invited speaker

Stony Brook University

09:30 am - 10:30 am

TBC

10:30 am - 11:00 am

COFFEE-BREAK

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Marina Polonskaia

Invited speaker

SchoolNova

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Zhongzhou Chen

Invited speaker

University of Central Florida

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Euclydes Marega Jr

Invited speaker

USP

04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

COFFEE-BREAK

Wednesday

July 11, 2018

08:30 am - 10:30 am

OPENING

10:30 am - 11:00 am

COFFEE-BREAK

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Hans Jordens

Invited speaker

University of Groningen

TBC

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Moyses Nussenzveig

Invited speaker

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

COFFEE-BREAK

Thursday

July 12, 2018

08:30 am - 10:30 am

OPENING

10:30 am - 11:00 am

COFFEE-BREAK

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Vicotr Romero Rochin

Invited speaker

National Autonomous University of Mexico

TBC

04:00 pm - 04:30 pm

COFFEE-BREAK

Friday

July 13, 2018

10:30 am - 11:00 am

COFFEE-BREAK