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Secondary Curriculum: Physics Y11-13

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Division of Education
Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education

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: helen.findlay@waikato.ac.nz

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: melanie.chivers@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper aims to familiarize participants with the philosophy and content of the document The New Zealand Curriculum in the area of Physics. Current examination prescriptions and assessment methods including NCEA assessment structures will also be introduced. The emphasis is to develop reflective and practical aptitude and tools to support the teaching of Physics in NZ secondary schools in the senior Years 11-13.
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Paper Structure

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On-line and face to face lectures over the course of the year.

The University of Waikato Open Day; OsPENLectures

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum and prescription requirements for physics education in the senior school with particular reference to years 12 and 13.
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  • Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum related subject matter.
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  • Identify areas of deficit in their Physics subject content knowledge and demonstrate learning of these areas.
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  • Show awareness of safe laboratory practice and management of resources and students.
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  • Write plans for physics lessons and lesson sequences.
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  • Select and prepare appropriate learning materials to support lessons and units.
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  • Develop and use a variety of teaching strategies.
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  • Prepare effective physics lessons and units.
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  • Design and use a variety of assessment methods to assess achievement objectives and specific learning outcomes, including NCEA.
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  • Evaluate the different views on learning and find their relevance for teaching physics.
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  • Reflect critically on their practice to help develop a philosophy of teaching.
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  • Use findings from research on science education to design, support and analyse their teaching/learning situations.
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Assessment

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There are a number of assignments for this course. The following assignments contribute to the final grade of the course. For each assignment you will be provided with a more detailed briefing and assessment criteria.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Practical Internal investigation
3 Apr 2020
4:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Workshop
2. Teaching portfolio Part A
12 Jun 2020
9:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Teaching Portfolio Part B
16 Oct 2020
9:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Critical reflection on weekly readings
23 Oct 2020
9:00 PM
40
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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David Housden (latest edition) NCEA Level 2 Physics by ESA Publications

Pauline Bendall (latest edition) NCEA Level 3 Physics by ESA Publications

Other required and useful readings will be uploaded into Moodle as the course progresses.

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Recommended Readings

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Conceptual Physics (2015) Paul Hewitt

Ministry of Education. (2007). The New Zealand Curriculum. Wellington: Learning Media Ministry of Education (1994) Physics in the New Zealand Curriculum Learning Media Wellington

Campbell (1996) Physics Alive

Riddell (1997) Newton Plus

Kirkpatrick & Wheeler (2001) Physics: A World View

Other Physics textbooks and workbooks, Physics Education handbooks and journals

(A list of suitable books, journals and websites will be developed in the course.)

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Online Support

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Moodle, dropbox and youtube
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Workload

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150 hours
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Prerequisite(s)

students must have completed papers at 300 level in a subject that supports the teaching of Physics in secondary schools

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