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Climate Change Education for Physics Teachers



Year of publication 2013
Type Conference abstract
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Description Climate change science is a multidisciplinary field. Many important functions of the climate system are domain of “climate physics”. We claim, that physics teachers should have good understanding of basic principles of climate physics, e.g. greenhouse effect and causes of sea level rise, in order to transmit the knowledge towards their pupils. Dozens of studies have shown that people (mostly students or pupils) confuse greenhouse effect with ozone hole. To investigate the roots of this confusion we interviewed students at Masaryk University, Faculty of Education, who suppose to become physics teachers. The findings of our study were utilized to design an university course based on laboratory and outdoor experiments and measurements. We provide recommendations for improvement of teaching physics at universities.
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