Contemporary curriculum challenges in undergraduate physics education in Laos
2009 (English)In: Curriculum and teaching in science: Proceedings of the 2009 EASE International Conference of East-Asian Science Education / [ed] Ching-Yang Chou, Taipei, Taiwan: EASE Organizing Committee , 2009, 161-176 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper aims to provide an understanding of the current situation with regard to university physics education in Laos in the light of historical and socio-caltiral perspectives. The reported study was conducted at the Department of Physics, National University of Laos, the data for which was collected through interviews with 11 lecturers and 23 university students. The findings indicate that most students have a low motivation to study physics. For the majority of students, enrolment at the Department of Physics was their last option for asmission and the least desirable choice in getting a degree in higher education. The study also shows that existing faculty staff is underpaid, have low administrative and technical support for their work and themselves have litle motivation to invest time and energy in teaching. There is thus a tendency to neglect technically and pedagogically demanding yet indispensible educational activities such as the organisation of laboratory work. Usually, students do not receive any feedback on their laboratory reports, resulting in limited learning from the practical component of their physics education. This paper discusses curriculum challenges in the provision of good quality tertiary physics education in Laos and an argument is put forward in favour of meeting these curriculum challenges together with some specific recommendations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taipei, Taiwan: EASE Organizing Committee , 2009. 161-176 p.
curriculum development, Lao PDR, physics education, qualitative research, CHAT
Research subject didactics of physics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-42122OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-42122DiVA: diva2:408671
First Biennial EASE Conference, October 21-23, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan