History teaches: Some educational projects based on the history of physics

Esposito, S. (2023) History teaches: Some educational projects based on the history of physics. Il nuovo cimento C, 46 (6). pp. 1-21. ISSN 1826-9885

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We present some projects carried out in recent years and aimed at students of different levels (from high school to university), where we have adopted well-defined historical paths. The basic aim is to allow the students involved to develop appropriate physical reasoning skills, without the preventive request of a good standard preparation of the topics covered. The lines of action which were common to the various projects were intended to encourage the students to: 1) think like the given scientist of the past who is the object of the project, building step by step proper knowledge and reasoning; 2) work like that scientist, performing the original experiments; 3) deduce just as that scientist did concerning the subject matter; 4) present the results of their activity (including Physics demonstrations) to other students and, in general, to the general public, in order to test their ability to communicate what they have learned and discovered. These educational goals have always been accompanied by the desire to carry out historically consistent activities, based on the awareness of the key role that the history of physics can play in promoting scientific understanding at a deep level, even without requiring particular mathematical knowledge or advanced preparation. The enthusiasm of the students involved in the various projects, especially in demonstrating the result of their work to other students or in public events, as well as the prompt involvement of the aforementioned public (lacking adequate preparation or specific knowledge in the proposed activity), undoubtedly testify in favor of the success of the work presented here.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 500 Scienze naturali e Matematica > 530 Fisica
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2023 02:35
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2023 02:35
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/22541

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