Workshop on science education in schools and universities

14 July 2010

The Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IISME) invites you to a workshop on science education in schools and universities which is being presented by:

  • Hans-Dieter Barke, University of Muenster, Germany
  • Michael W. Tausch, Bergische Universitat Wuppertal, Germany

The workshop will be held on Wednesday 14th July from 4-6pm with refreshments from 4-4.20pm, in the Faculty of Science Seminar Room 535, Carslaw F07 (University of Sydney)


Part 1: Misconceptions in Chemical Education - diagnosis, prevention and cure (Barke) - In teaching science we have to differentiate two kinds of misconceptions. There are preconcepts which young students are bringing from home or from every-day-life: their special images about the burning process, about gases and their properties, about substances and their changes. On the other hand we know about "school-made" misconceptions which are caused by inappropriate teaching methods or by the complexity of a special topic: equilibrium, acids and bases, energy. Acids and bases are a topic which can be categorized as hard to teach without encountering school-made-misconceptions.There are ways how to diagnose, how to prevent or to cure these misconceptions. The workshop will focus on these issues.

Part 2: All You Need Is Light - Curriculum Modernization in Chemical Education (Tausch) - A fundamental demand on chemical education today is to communicate core principles of chemistry in close combination with everyday life experiences of students as well as with convincing applications from modern science and technology. Photochemical and photophysical processes are par excellence suitable to fulfill this requirement.Research in chemical education is challenged to develop experiments, concepts and teaching materials which help to interpret and communicate photochemistry in a manner, that it is both, exciting and understandable.The workshop shows an experimental approach to a conceptual framework able to explain all basic phenomena involving light in a reasonable first approximation for students in high school, college and university. A set of simple experiments available on the web site indicated above (see the domain "Teaching Photochemistry") will be explained and - as far as possible - carried out in the sun of Australia -otherwise using artificial light sources.

Speaker profiles

Professor Hans-Dieter Barke has extensive experience in chemistry education and teacher education. He completed a study of Chemistry and Mathematics at the University of Hannover in 1971 and teacher training in 1973. In 1978 he completed a PhD in "Didaktik der Chemie" (chemical education) at the University of Hannover followed by a Habilitation, venia legend for "Didaktik der Chemie" in 1986. Also in1986, he received th eJohann-Friedrich-Gmelinprice of the German Chemistry Society (GDCh). In1987, he completed a Postdoc at San Diego State University, California, USA and in 1992 he was appointed Professor at the University of Jena, Germany. From1996 he has held a Professorship at the University of Muenster, Germany.

Professor Michael W. Tausch has been a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Education at the Universities of Wuppertal and Duisburg, since 1996. He has received an Award for experimental lectures of the Mat-Nat-Society (MNU), Bremerhaven 1990, Friedrich Stromeyer Award of the German Chemical Society, Halle 1994 and Academicos Visitantes Award, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, 2003. He has participated in a range of research grants and projects, is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal "Praxis der Naturwissenschaften - Chemie in der Schule", and has published textbooks for high school and university studies.

Time: 4-6pm

Location: Faculty of Science Seminar Room 535, Carslaw F07 (University of Sydney)

Cost: free

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