Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

The Role of historical experiments in science teacher training: experiences and perspectives

Peter Heering


In this paper, I am going to discuss several aspects of the approach that
has been applied in the physics teacher education at the University of Oldenburg
for almost 25 years.1 My aim is to show that history of science can play an important
role in science education, and that both fields science education and history of
science can mutually benefit from each other. In doing so, I will briefly sketch
methodologically what we are doing in our group with respect to historical research.
In the next step, I will discuss how historical experiments can be implemented in
science teacher training and what can be achieved with such an attempt. In doing
so, I will discuss in detail a compulsory course for future physics teachers and will
highlight two examples. Finally, I am going to argue that also history of science as
an academic discipline could benefit from a collaboration with science education.

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