Physics Education

Physics Teacher Education

The Faculty’s physics education track is the main program in Israel for training future secondary school physics teachers, particularly for the most advanced levels of high school physics. The head of the track is Assistant Professor Shulamit Kapon.

Most of our students belong to the Views programs, most of whom have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees in physics or “physics-rich” fields such as electrical, mechanical or biomedical engineering at the Technion. Students with degrees from other Technion faculties who wish to study in the physics education track are required to take additional courses at the faculty of physics.

More than a third of the coursework in education is comprised of rich and cutting-edge disciplinary-based educational courses in physics education (minimum of five courses).  Apart from the practicum course in which the students shadow an expert physics teacher, all the physics education courses are taught in the Faculty’s well-equipped school-physics laboratory which the Technion recently assisted in equipping. These courses expose students to cutting-edge theory and methods of teaching physics, are practice-based, capitalized on various collaborations with excellent in-service physics teachers and nearby schools, and their design and implementation is informed and followed by research.  We also offer several professional development programs for in-service physics teachers in different phases of their career, and work in close collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Education.

Overall, our programs aim to educate and nurture physics educators with deep and tangible educational vision, the personal and pedagogical competencies and the commitment needed for successfully joining Israel educational system as teachers, curriculum designers and researchers who can improve the system from within and gradually become its leaders.

Research

Two faculty members conduct research related to physics education. For additional information, please visit their research groups’ websites.

Virtual-Reality & Neurocognition – Associate Professor Miriam Reiner

Meaningful Disciplinary-Based Learning – Assistant Professor Shulamit Kapon