Since 2005, the Italian Universities have promoted initiatives for school-universitycooperation in the framework of a national project (PLS) to face the problems ofa substantial scienti c illiteracy in young people and a worrying decreasing interestin physics emerging from OCSE-PISA data. The project PLS is nanced by theMinistry for Education and Universities and coordinates 65 local university projectsin mathematics, physics, chemistry and material science. The collaboration of Universitieswith teachers in the PLS physics section is an important goal realized indifferent ways. The Italian university Physics Education Research Unit (IPERU),cooperating with national research projects on physics education over the last 15years, joined in a proposal for PLS consisting of a national pilot II level Master(post Master Degree) on innovations in teaching and learning physics and guidancefor in-service teacher development in modern physics and problem solving. TheMaster (Master IDIFO) is realized through the cooperation of 15 IPERU, led byUdine. The Physics Education Research (PER) is present in the Master IDIFO invarious dimensions: the materials used for teacher development are research products,and the activities proposed include research-based school experiments (teachingexperiments). The development processes in the context of pedagogical contentknowledge (PCK) is monitored to individualise elements for a model of in-serviceteacher development in modern physics.In this contribution the characteristics of the Master IDIFO and signi cant aspectsof its realization are discussed, in terms of a community where a fruitful interactionbetween school teachers and researchers produces a research-based model forteacher development. In ve case studies discussed in detail the main problems forcurricula innovation are in the elds of relativity, quantum mechanics, statisticalmechanics and the structure of matter, with relative research methods offering abridge between research and education.
|Numero di pagine||40|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|