The situation with practical work in physics education in Laos
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the XIII. IOSTE Symposium: The use of scince and technology education for peace and sustainable development / [ed] Bulent Cavas, Ankara, Turkey: Palme publication & bookshops ltd.co. , 2008, 559-565 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper describes the results of a study on the situation with and the opinions about practical work in physics at high school and university levels in Laos. The research tools used for data collection were questionnaires and interviews. The total number of informants for this study was 678, including 631 first year science students from School of Foundation Studies, 26 lecturers from universities and teacher training colleges, and 20 physics teachers from high schools. The students from School of Foundation Studies and their lecturers answered the open-ended questions, while the structured interviews were used to collect data from informants in high schools. The findings indicate that the absolute majority of students show high appreciation of practical activities in physics. However, some lecturers and students expressed critic about the quality of instruction and process of the practical work organization. The lack of laboratory and demonstration equipment in high schools and universities in Laos was an issue of concern for many students and physics teachers. All informants were convinced about the importance of practical work in physics but they were all unhappy about the current situation with practical activities in physics teaching in Laos.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ankara, Turkey: Palme publication & bookshops ltd.co. , 2008. 559-565 p.
demonstrations, laboratory work, Lao PDR, practical activities, diagnostic study
Research subject didactics of physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42085OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-42085DiVA: diva2:408559
13th IOSTE Symposium, Izmir, Turkey, September 21-26, 2008.