Context and cooperation

Context and cooperation in Physics teaching is about using group discussions with context-rich problems at the university and upper secondary school levels in Physics.

The objective is to understand how the use of group discussions with context-rich problems at both university and upper secondary school levels influences the students’ interest in Physics, what their problem-solving looks like, and also their understanding of Physics concepts. The purpose is also to investigate what the content and design of the problems mean for the students’ understanding and interest. One important aspect has to do with group discussions as learning environments.

Senior Lecturer Gunnar Jonsson, Karlstad University, and Senior Lecturer Margareta Enghag, Stockholm University, also participate in the project. Together with Sylvia Benckert, Umeå University, we have received funds from the Swedish Research Council who has sponsored part of the project between 2003 and 2005. This cooperation was based in our mutual interest in using dialogue as an aspect of teaching, based on context-rich problems.

Results from the project are presented in conference papers and journal articles.