New Trends in Physics Education Research


Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU029030

Those who operate in physics education frequently ask research operators for suggestions, reference models, updated content and answers for their professional work. So far, the sector has not achieved significant advances specifically in terms of both content updates and methodology approaches.

In the special issue, titled New Trends in Physics Education Research, the authors, in addition to presenting some new topics in physics education, take into account the greater relevance that in recent years the Evidence Based Education has taken place.

In this framework, the main points of issue include: 1) Dealing with new trends in teaching and learning processes in physics; highlighting new mathematics content for physics courses; 3) giving evidence of the key role played by laboratory activities in physics training courses; and 4) stressing the importance of interdisciplinary approaches as well as scientific culture, communication and dissemination.

Physics teaching involves several fields and different disciplines (such as mathematics, philosophy, laboratory activities, etc.) where the same arguments are often explained without clarifying that often there is a close correlation between disciplines.

In particular, an integrated theoretical and experimental approach can improve the knowledge of some subjects of physics and mathematics; furthermore, it is also useful to employ a joint approach with laboratory activities, and by doing so enriching topics of meaning. In such cases, mathematics provides the adapt tools for physics and also is able to drive physical intuition; on the other hand, physics and its laboratory activities provide simple access to mathematical topics of complex comprehension.

The issue is addressed to academics and schoolteachers as well as researchers in the field of physics education.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Managing Complexity in Material Science: The Role of Imagination (pp. 1-18)
(Pietro Calandra)

Chapter 2. An Unsupervised Quantitative Method to Analyse Students’ Answering Strategies to a Questionnaire (pp. 19-46)
(Onofrio R. Battaglia, Benedetto Di Paola and Claudio Fazio)

Chapter 3. Integrating a Computational Perspective in Physics Courses (pp. 47-76)
(Marcos Daniel Caballero and Morten Hjorth-Jensen)

Chapter 4. Legacy and Influence in Mathematics and Physics with Educational Technology: A Laboratory Example (pp. 77-96)
(Annarosa Serpe and Maria Giovanna Frassia)

Chapter 5. Evolution of the Concept of Force in Physics and Current Nanoscience: New Perspectives in Teaching Programs (pp. 97-116)
(Domenico Lombardo)

Chapter 6. A Conic Pendulum of Variable Length Analysed by Wavelets (pp. 117-132)
(M. T. Caccamo and S. Magazù)

Chapter 7. A New Approach to the Adiabatic Piston Problem through the Arduino Board and Innovative Frequency Analysis Procedures (pp. 133-156)
(Castorina G., Caccamo M.T. and Magazù S.)

Chapter 8. Acoustic Standing Waves (pp. 157-190)
(Cannuli A., Caccamo M.T., Sabatino G. and Magazù S.)

Chapter 9. Meteorological Maps: How Are They Made and How to Read Them. A Brief History of the Synoptic Meteorology during the Last Three Centuries
(pp. 191-224)
(F. Colombo, M.T. Caccamo and S. Magazù)

Chapter 10. Fourier and Wavelet Analyses of Climate Data (pp. 225-242)
(S. Magazù and M.T. Caccamo)

Chapter 11. A Conceptual Map for Multidisciplinary Approaches of Soft Condensed Matter Physics in Postgraduate Programs (pp. 243-258)
(Domenico Lombardo and Mikhail A. Kiselev)

Chapter 12. Generalized Wien’s Displacement Law of Thermal Radiation of a Real-Body (pp. 259-276)
(Anatoliy I Fisenko, Vladimir F Lemberg, Sergey N Ivashov)

Chapter 13. Physics of Biological Membrane: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Research and Education (pp. 277-296)
(Domenico Lombardo and Mikhail A. Kiselev)

About the Editor (pp. 297-298)

Index (pp. 299)

Keywords: Science epistemology, Physics Education, Computational Physics, Computing in Science Education, Teaching in Physics, Learning processes, New Mathematics contents for Physics courses , Laboratory in Physics training courses, Communication of scientific culture, Dissemination of scientific culture.

The book is addressed to academic and school teachers and to researchers in the field of Physics education.

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