Methodology of teaching mechanics +

Physics Education, Second Cycle
1 year

Prof. Dr. Mojca Čepič

Hours per week – 2. semester:

No special requirements.

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course considers methodology of teaching mechanics. Students study preliminary knowledge and a methodology of acquiring preliminary knowledge prior the students start learning the concepts within the subject physics in the last two years of compulsory school. Students study cognitive problems that are known students meet in this field, various methodological approaches, and classroom demonstration and laboratory experiments. Methodology includes also topics considered in vocational schools. Discussion emphasizes intertwining of different methods: lecturing, experimenting, ICT in combination with assessment and evaluation of students knowledge. The course includes practical attendance of lectures performed by teachers practitioners and demonstration lessons.


M. Čepič, J. Bajc, A. G. Blagotinšek, B. Rovšek, Didaktika fizike v OŠ, učbenik v pripravi
Dodatna literatura:
Izbrane vsebine iz revij Fizika v šoli, Physics education, The physics teacher in druge.

Objectives and competences


  • Communicative competence, collaborative/team work
  • Synthetical, analytical, and creative thinking and problem solving
  • Flexible application of knowledge in the practice
  • Autonomy, (self)criticality, (self)reflection, (self)evaluation and quality endeavour
  • Comprehensive background knowledge, abilities to communicate with professional from other professional and scientific areas
  • Showing initiative/ambition, value of constant personal development and professional training
  • Information and communication literacy
  • Time management, planning and (self)control execution executive skills
  • Foreign language communication competence


  • To develop natural science thinking
  • To know different specific learning strategies
  • To be able to prepare, to carry out, and to interpret demonstrated experiments
  • To be able to use basic measurement methods and to use them in the classroom and during laboratory work
  • To show and interpret experimental data and relate them to the theory; to assess the precision of the measured quantities
  • To organize and manage project, group, and laboratory work
  • To be able to use a computer in experimental work
  • To be able to manage safe experimenting; to assess work safety and to understand and act in accordance with safety regulations
Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:
The student, future physics teachers posseses adequate knowledge and comprehension of mechanics and methodological applications of this knowledge.
This knowledge allows for independent choice of methodological approach, demonstration and laboratory experiments, composition od tests for evaluation and assessment of knowledge and for correctness in oral assesment of knowledge in this field.
The student has developed scientific consideration and is abble to apply the consideration for specific tasks related to the work in the classroom. The sdtudent is able to guide his pupils to construct hypothesi and to test them experimentally in mechanics.
Transferable skills:
The students is familiar with relation of mechanics to other fields, and is able to adapt the methodology approches used for mechanics to other fields.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, demonstration and laboratory experiments, group work, individual work, hospitations and recitations.
Laboratory help assists lectures and laboratories.


Written exam
Oral exam The student can approach to the oral exam when all other obligations are fulfilled (praxis, seminar, positive written exam).

Lecturer's references
  1. PEČAR, Maja, ČEPIČ, Mojca. Conoscopic figure : a complex consequence of a not so simple phenomenon. European journal of physics 36(1), (2015), 22 str.
  2. PAVLIN, Jerneja, VAUPOTIČ, Nataša, ČEPIČ, Mojca. Liquid crystals: a new topic in physics for undergraduates. Eur. j. phys. 34 (3), (2013), str. 745-761.
  3. ČEPIČ, Mojca. Knitted patterns as a model for anisotropy. Phys. Educ. 47(4), (2012), str. 456-461.
  4. BAJC, Jure, ZAPLOTNIK, Žiga, ŽIVČIĆ, Mladen, ČARMAN, Martina. Local magnitude scale in Slovenia. Advances in geosciences 34 (2013), str. 23-28.
  5. ZIHERL, Saša, BAJC, Jure, ČEPIČ, Mojca. Refraction and absorption of microwaves in wood. Eur. j. phys. 34 (2), (2013), str. 449-459.