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Natural sciences concepts ΙI and their teaching

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2nd - Semester: 4th
Course content: 

Basicscience concepts are introduced and applied in the prediction, description and interpretation of simple natural phenomena. Moreover, the three important and historic teaching science models are discussed: Traditional (expository), discovery, constructivist. Video-taped lessons, based on aforementioned teaching models, are demonstrated and discussed in the classroom. Applications of these models, in the form of lesson plans, are proposed in different subject areas. The subjects are: Force and movement. Unification of dynamic interactions: gravity, magnetism, electrostatics.3rd, 1st and 2nd Newton’s Laws. The planetary system, day–night effect, light, shadow and colors. Sound. Simple electric circuit.

Teaching methods: 

Constructivist approach, individual or group work, lectures. Laboratory work.

Expected learning outcomes: 

Students will be able to apply basic science concepts to predict, describeand interpret simple natural phenomena, e.g. which is the resultant force exerted on a body, when it moves in a specific way and vice-versa. Sketch the shadow of specific body – Eclipses of the Sun and moon. Moreover, students will know how to choose and apply the three teaching models, when preparing the lesson plan, after a specific subject has been chosen for teaching. Finally, students will be able to realize and interpret simple experiments, e.g. the experiment of thermal equilibrium, simple electric circuit, shadow sketching.

Assessment methods: 

Final written examinations, individual or group work during course time.  3 lesson plans.

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Suggested bibliography – reading: 

Hewitt, P. (2004) The concepts of physics[in Greek]. Heraklion, Crete: University of Crete Publications.

Kariotoglou, P. (2006) Pedagogical content knowledge of science: Three case studies [in Greek]. Thessaloniki: Grafima.

Konstantinou, K. P., Feronymou, G., Kyriakidou, E. & Nikolaou, X. (2002) Science in the Kindergarten.Teacher’s book [in Greek]. Nicossia: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture Publications.

Ravanis, K.(1999) Science in pre-school education [in Greek]. Athens: Typothito–Dardanos.

Ravanis, K.(2003) Activities in the kindergarten from the area of physics [in Greek]. Athens: Diptycho.

Recent publications

  • ZoupidisA., Pnevmatikos D., SpyrtouA., and KariotoglouP. (2017). Combining and linking virtual with real experiments as scaffolding for conceptual understanding: the explanations of floating/sinking phenomena, (under review, Research in Science & Technological Education).

    ISBN 978-94-007-7808-5

  • Kariotoglou, P. & Papdopoulou, P. (Eds) (2014). Science and Environment in preschool education. Questions and Proposals. Gutenberg publication, pp 249.

  • Loukomies, A., Pnevmatikos, D., Lavonen. J., Spyrtou, A., Byman, R., Kariotoglou, P., Juuti, K. (2013). Promoting Students' Interestand Motivation Towards Science Learning: the Role of Personal Needs and Motivtion Orientations, Research in Science Education, DOI: 10.1007/s11165-013-9370-1

  •  Karnezou, M., Avgitidou, S., Kariotoglou, P. (2013). Links between Teachers'  Beliefs and Their Practices in a Science and Technology Museum Visit, International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, DOI:10.1080/21548455.2013.773467

  • KARIOTOGLOU, P., SPYRTOU, A., PNEVMATIKOS, D. & ZOUPIDIS, A. (2012). Current Trends in Science Curricula: The cases of investigation and visits to places of science and technology Iin program Material Science. Themata Episthmon kai Texnologias stin Ekpedeysi, 5(1-2), pp. 153-164(in Greek)

Recent projects

  • SCIENCE TEACHERS EDUCATION (STED): Coordinator, ARISTEIA II, General Secretary for Research and Technology: 1-2-12014 ΈΩΣ 31 - 10 - 2015, 178.000,00 Euros.

  • Materials Science Project: University-school partnerships for the design and implementation of research-based ICT-enhanced modules on Material Properties, SAS6-CT-2006-042942-Material Science (042942). Responsible of the Universityof Western Macedoniaresearch team (partner)

  • “Business Plan for the organization of Lifelong Institute of the University of Western Macedonia.  2006, Ministry of Education  (Institutional Coordinator)

  • “Investigation of Teaching – Learning sequences: the case of force”.(2004 - 2006). Ministry of Education- PythagorasI, (Coordninator)


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