The Bachelor teacher training course of study in physics at RWTH Aachen aims at a grounded, physical education for students. Lectures and tutorials in experimental and theoretical physics are supplemented through physical internships, in which students conduct independent experiments.A high number of physics courses are specifically offered to teacher training students.The later requirements of a teaching career are given particular consideration in these courses. The technical education is rounded out by introductory courses into physics pedagogy, which deal with the basics of teaching and learning physics.Physics as a university subject particularly differs from physics as a school subject, in that technical systematics are very important. The theoretical concepts of physics are more important compared to physics in school. As a result, mathematics is an important tool in physics.
The basics to acquire a solid knowledge in physics are taught in "Experimental Physics" in semesters one through three and in the fifth semester. The topic areas encompass mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, special relativity theory, optics, and quantum physics. Basic mathematical methods are presented in the first semester with mathematics tutorials and, in the second semester, in the lecture "Introduction to Theoretical Physics".
In the fourth and fifth semesters, the course "Theoretical Physics for Teacher Training Students" provides an overview of the theoretical concepts and structures of physics, so that a number of physics problems can be explained using a few basic principles and solved with the help of mathematic formulas.
In the first, third, and sixth semesters, experimental skills are taught in practical physicals experiences, which are equally important for physics and teaching physics.
Building on constructivist learning theories, important concepts and aspects of teaching and learning physics for budding physics teachers are addressed in three introductory courses on teaching methodology.
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