Problems and possibilities when changing teaching in physics to more students’ activity.
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Group discussions were introduced in an introductory physics course at the National University of Laos. About 200 students discussed two qualitative questions in groups of 3-4 students. This was followed by discussions in the whole class. We identified problems and possibilities with this new method. Seven groups were recorded and students and teachers were interviewed. Many of the students had problems with mechanics concepts. In the group discussions most students co-constructed an answer. However, the students in general did not seem to come to an understanding of the physics concepts, and the follow-up discussion in class was essential for a better understanding. To improve the discussions, the students need more time and should also be taught about working in groups.
Changing teaching, Co-construction, Group discussion, Mechanics.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-43300OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-43300DiVA: diva2:412924