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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
Twitter ID: @david_obst
My name is David Obst and I work at the department of physics education at the Technische Universität Dresden (Saxony, Germany). My research project is about the use of interactive whiteboards in physics.
The number of interactive whiteboards is growing very fast in Germany, but there is a big lack of adequate teacher training. Different studies from the UK have shown that teacher training is a very important point for a good use and better acceptance. The aim is to develop and evaluate a teacher training programme to use the interactive whiteboards in physics. This training, which takes place on two days each of eight hours, will include not only “technical use” but also real subject-specific content.
Especially I’d like to see if it is possible with this teacher training not only to motivate the teachers and open their minds for new ideas but to really change their way of teaching in an observable way. To see if this is possible, I’d like to use a Pre-Post research design including surveys for teachers and people and observing lessons.
I am very interested in different experiences and opinions of how to make an effective teacher training programme and the use of interactive whiteboards in physics (or science in general).
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