Anna-Maria Pessoa de Carvalho and Richard
As do other sections of this book, the chapters in Section D express concern about the general quality of teaching and learning of physics.
The authors fear that physics teaching concentrates on transmission of established facts and principles, and routine mathematical exercises, at the expense of portraying physics as a dynamic, human construction of a way of perceiving the natural world. As well, the relations of physics to other knowledge, such as history, and its importance for current issues of society and technology, are too often ignored. This limited teaching is a consequence of attitudes.
The chapters point out that beliefs are a crucial element of attitudes. If we are to improve the teaching of physics, we must attend to beliefs about the nature of scientific knowledge, about the purpose of schooling, and about teaching and learning.
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