International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE), India Sri Lanka Foundation, Indian National Science Academy, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, India), Vigyan Prasar (India), Department of Science and Technology (DST, India), University Grants Commission (UGC, India), D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education (DSKC, India), Miranda House (University of Delhi, India)
26 November 2012
7 December 2012
New Delhi - India
Directors: Pratibha Jolly (University of Delhi, India), Priscilla Laws (Dickinson College, USA), Elena Sassi (Federico II University, Italy) , Dean Zollman (Kansas State University, USA) ICTP Co-ordinator: Joe Niemela (ICTP, Italy), Local organizers: Pratibha Jolly and Mallika Verma (University of Delhi, India)
Physware Workshop will be held at the D S Kothari Centre for Research and Innovation in Science Education, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110 007, India
The purpose of the Physware Series of Workshops is to create and strengthen the regional and international networks of physics educators who can impact the quality of physics education at the tertiary level, especially in the developing countries. Physware emanates from shared concerns on the lack of high-quality education in physics with detrimental consequences on scientific research and socio-economic progress. This concern was voiced through a resolution on Importance of Active Learning and Hands-on Physics Education adopted by the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) at its 26th General Assembly held at Tsukuba, Japan, in October 2008. It led to a Memorandum of Understanding between IUPAP and ICTP in October 2009, affirming cooperation for organizing a series of Educate the Educator Workshops for five years. IUPAP works on this through its International Commission on Physics Education (ICPE).
TOPICS AND ACTIVITIES
The Workshop will be modeled on the pilot Physware Workshop held at Trieste in February 2009 on teaching of Mechanics. It will focus on teaching Electricity and Magnetism. Activities will include:
1. Development of Low-cost Equipment: Participants will work in teams to exchange ideas and work with prototypes of affordable “hands-on” equipment that can serve local educational needs and be locally adapted for construction by teachers and their students;
2. Development of Active Learning Materials: Participants will work in teams to also develop activities and curricular resource materials that will help them and fellow teachers make effective use of low cost equipment;
3. Use of Technologies for Physics Teaching: Participants will discuss ways to help teachers make effective use of relatively low-cost electronic and computer technologies for computer-based data collection and analysis as well as networking;
4. Ways of Integrating Contemporary Research and Applications: Participants will discuss how best to integrate topics in contemporary research or applications of the chosen topics and explore ways of teaching fundamental new physics within the context of contemporary pedagogy that is both, hands-on and minds-on.
A significant milestone in international cooperation, the Physware Workshop aims to provide a sustainable model for capacity building of physics educators in the developing countries as it
(i) uses curriculum and resource material easily adapted to the needs of any region;
(ii) uses low-cost equipment and locally available technologies;
(iii) introduces appropriate technology and applications of relevance to the work place, thereby motivating interest;
(iv) employs activity based pedagogies proven to be effective through educational research;
(v) assesses participant needs and attainment of workshop goals through pre-workshop discussions, on-site feedback and post-workshop evaluations;
(vi) organizes collaborative groups to enhance professional development opportunities for physics educators who teach in developing countries;
(vii) identifies regional leaders who can in turn organize regional versions of Physware Workshops thereby reaching out to a critical number of physics educators necessary for affecting change.
The aim of the Workshop is to bring together a vibrant and eclectic group of Physics Educators, Physics Education Researchers, Teacher Educators, Curriculum Developers and Researchers at universities in the South Asia region, and with the potential to serve as regional leaders and carry forward the mission of this Educate the Educator Workshop series. Candidates from countries that are members of the UN, UNESCO or IAEA may attend this Workshop. As it will be conducted in English, participants should have an adequate working knowledge of this language. Although the main purpose of ICTP is to help participants from developing countries through a programme of training activities within a framework of international cooperation, a limited number of those from developed countries are also welcome to attend. There is no registration fee. As a rule, travel and subsistence expenses of the participants should be borne by the home institution. Every effort should be made by candidates to secure support for their fare from their home countries. However, limited funds are available for some participants who are nationals of, and working in, a developing country, and who are not more than 45 years old. Such support is available only for those who attend the entire activity. Since the Workshop will be conducted in Delhi, India, preference will be given to candidates from India and neighbouring countries.
HOW TO APPLY: Until 26 August 2012 candidates will be able to access the Online Application Form through below link. Once in the website, comprehensive instructions will guide applicants step-by-step, on how to fill out and submit online the application.
IMPORTANT: During the application process, you will be asked to provide more specific information on your commitment to the cause of physics education, by uploading a questionnaire to be found here below.
Applications without such questionnaire will not be considered.
The Selection Committee will be assisted in its task greatly by recommendation letters by senior scientists who can address the value of a workshop on physics pedagogy to the applicant's career. Such recommendations should be prepared according to below downloadable recommendation form, and be sent to Physware secretariat: email@example.com.
SECRETARIAT (at ICTP): firstname.lastname@example.org
A FINAL LIST OF ACTUAL PARTICIPANTS IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD HERE BELOW.
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