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Undergraduate course

Continuing education in science teaching: Physics

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Part time 50 %

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Objectives and Content

The aim of the course is to provide a professional background for teaching about basic physics, energy and climate, and the interdisciplinary theme "Democracy and Citizenship". The course will provide insight into didactic research on science education in general and the topics of the course in particular. The students are working with teaching methods in physics and climate.

The course includes an introduction to the basic theme of physics, such as radiation, wave theory and electricity. The physical forces behind the global weather system are addressed, and so are the causes and consequences of climate change. The course will provide professional knowledge, didactic insight and experience aimed at teaching at grade 8-11 in schools. Throughout the course, the subject theme is linked to didactic theory and methodological development.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student is able to

  • Work with different parts of the energy concept
  • apply physical measurement units and explanatory models
  • explain simple climate models and the physical forces of the ocean and atmosphere


The student is able to

  • perform and instruct exercises and modelling for relevant grades in school, within the subjects of this course
  • knows how to use simple interactive climate models
  • facilitate argumentation based on science on topics in the public debate

General competence

The student is able to

  • plan and carry out teaching in the relevant school type, on the topics included in the course
  • apply natural science didactic research, learning theory, curriculum and subject knowledge in the construction of science education
  • use varied methods for normative and formative evaluation
  • use subject-specific digital aids in facilitation and teaching
  • participate in the development of science education at their own school
  • guidance in critical thinking and argumentation in the work on science subjects
  • use relevant resources for professional and didactic updating

Required Previous Knowledge

Approved teacher education. It is also a prerequisite that the participant has access to a school class for trials of science education.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Teaching experience from primary and / or secondary school. Knowledge of the natural sciences as taught at levels 8-11.

Access to the Course

The course is open both to students who have been admitted through "Competence for quality", and for applicants who fill the requirements and apply for direct admission through "UiB Videre".

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching is organized with three seminars, assignments, and professional discussions at Mitt UiB. The assignments will be related to themes from the seminars, to practice and to the literature. The assignments are solved in groups. One of the assignments is peer-reviewed. The discussions have didactic themes related to the content of the seminars. Answers to these can be group or individual. The exam is based on the syllabus, material presented at the seminars, assignments and participation in the discussions.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

80 % attendance at the seminars. 3 assignments must be approved before the exam.

Forms of Assessment

The form of assessment is oral group examination with individual grading.

Examination Support Material

All examination support materials are allowed.

Grading Scale

Pass/ fail

Assessment Semester


Reading List

Reading list will be ready by June 1st.

Course Evaluation

The Directorate for Education evaluates the continuing education courses each year by questionnaire to the students.

Programme Committee

The Centre for Science Education is responsible for the professional content and structure of the study and for the quality of the course.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found at Mitt UiB, contact naturfag@skolelab.uib.no

Course Administrator

Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences / The Centre for Science Education.


Contact information: naturfag@skolelab.uib.no.

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