FYS3810 – Physics Education Research and Practice

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to physics education research and practice and focuses on teaching and learning physics. Which teaching approaches promote motivation and learning in physics, and how do we tailor subject matter content and learning activities to different groups of learners? What characterises physics as a science discipline, as a school subject and as a knowledge area in interaction with society? 

Learning outcome

After this course, students are expected to:

  • be familiar with physics education as an academic field and with central concepts and terminology and be able to discuss the position of physics in school, educational system and society.
  • be able to discuss the nature of physics and its historical development.
  • describe learning theory relevant to learning physics and natural science, develop and evaluate research-based teaching in physics and give reasons for choices of topic content and teaching approaches.
  • give arguments for the use of experimental work in physics teaching, master experiments and equipment that are central to school physics, and give arguments for the use of language, visualisations and digital tools in physics teaching.
  • extract useful information from research texts in physics education and critically assess such texts.
  • reflect on the role of physics in the context of societal challenges related to energy, climate, and health, and discuss physics communication as an obligation to society.


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This course is not available for single course students.


Recommended previous knowledge

A minimum of 60 ECTS within physics and astronomi.


Weekly teaching, 6 times 45 minutes. The teaching flexibly integrates lectures, lab work, and student-active and small-group discussions. Mandatory lab reports must be approved.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Three mandatory lab reports must be approved to be eligible for the final exam.

Oral exam which includes a practical experiment.

Examination support material

30 minutes preparation time with all available support material. No support material during the exam.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

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