The Role of Laboratory Work in Improving Physics Teaching and Learning

  • Dagmara Sokołowska
  • Marisa Michelini

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Background Aspects

  3. Experimental Lab

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Claudia Haagen-Schützenhöfer
      Pages 85-94
    3. Jaap Buning, David Fokkema, Gerrit Kuik, Tabitha Dreef
      Pages 95-105
    4. Marisa Michelini, Daniele Buongiorno, Alberto Stefanel
      Pages 107-118
  4. Lab Work and Multimedia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 119-119
    2. Veronika Timková, Zuzana Ješková
      Pages 121-130
    3. Anastasios Molohidis, Euripides Hatzikraniotis
      Pages 131-143
    4. Robert B. Teese, Keith R. Stein, Chad W. Hoyt, Nathan C. Lindquist, Sara A. Wyse
      Pages 159-167
    5. Angela Oswald, Gerhard Rath, Claudia Haagen-Schützenhöfer
      Pages 169-174
  5. Concepts and Lab

  6. Assessment for Learning Through Experimentation

  7. Low-cost Experiments and Inquiry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Dagmara Sokołowska
      Pages 243-255
    3. Antonella Longo, Marco Zappatore, Marisa Michelini
      Pages 257-268
    4. Tommaso Rosi, Massimiliano Malgieri, Stefano Oss, Pasquale Onorato
      Pages 269-278

About this book


This book explores in detail the role of laboratory work in physics teaching and learning. Compelling recent research work is presented on the value of experimentation in the learning process, with description of important research-based proposals on how to achieve improvements in both teaching and learning. The book comprises a rigorously chosen selection of papers from a conference organized by the International Research Group on Physics Teaching (GIREP), an organization that promotes enhancement of the quality of physics teaching and learning at all educational levels and in all contexts. The topics covered are wide ranging. Examples include the roles of open inquiry experiments and advanced lab experiments, the value of computer modeling in physics teaching, the use of web-based interactive video activities and smartphones in the lab, the effectiveness of low-cost experiments, and assessment for learning through experimentation. The presented research-based proposals will be of interest to all who seek to improve physics teaching and learning.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dagmara Sokołowska
    • 1
  • Marisa Michelini
    • 2
  1. 1.Smoluchowski Institute of PhysicsJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland
  2. 2.DCFA - Section of Mathematics and PhysicsUniversity of UdineUdineItaly

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