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Olivia Levrini

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Academic discipline: FIS/08 Physics Teaching and History of Physics

Research

Keywords: Science education Physics Teacher education Scientific citizenship Interdisciplinarity in STEM

Topics:

- The role of history and philosophy in teaching physics; 

- Educational reconstruction of advanced current topics in physics (thermodynamics, relativity, quantum physics);

- Appropriation and conceptual change; 

- Teacher education; 

- Qualitative methods of data analysis; 

- Analysis of complex learning environments; 

- Instruction design about environmental issues (climate change); 

- Communication of modern physics (relativity and quantum physics);

- Scientific citizenship and future-oriented science education.

In order to address these issues, research is devoted to designing and trying out innovative teaching materials and to testing educational activities in classes of various school levels and in the context of teacher education.


The current research topics cover a variety of issues:   
a) analysis of the foundations of contemporary Physics (relativity, thermodynamics, quantum physics) and their reconstruction from an educational perspective;

b) analysis of the contribution of physics teaching in promoting critical thinking concerning environmental issues (e.g. Climate Change);

c) modelling of learning as a process of conceptual change and appropriation at the individual level;

d) development of models for teacher education.

In order to address these issues, research is devoted to designing and trying out innovative teaching materials and to testing educational activities in classes of various school levels and in the context of teacher education.

Research is carried out within national and international collaborations, as well as in collaboration with secondary school teachers, doctoral students and research fellows.

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