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L’effet de l'utilisation de l'histoire des sciences dans enseignement de l'optique géométrique sur la motivation d’apprentissage
The effect of using science history in teaching geometrical optics on learning motivation

Author(s): Fouad Chafiqi, Djanette Blizak-Ens
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Editura Universităţii »Alexandru Ioan Cuza« din Iaşi
Keywords: History of science, geometrical optics, motivation

Summary/Abstract: Many researchers have shown that the history of science (HOS) in the field of geometrical optics (GO) has a positive effect on conceptual change. In their studies, they conclude that the HOS may increase the interest of students towards learning and therefore their motivation. Current research seeks to determine the effect of a sequence of instruction on the development of concepts OG, between antiquity and the 17th century on the learning motivation among students. The sample consisted of 60 students enrolled in the first university year SNV department (sciences of nature and life). We have divided them into two equal groups (experimental and control). A scale to measure motivation to learn OG (EMOG) was developed and standardised. An Analysis, pres-test and post-test was performed for the two groups. Encouraging results in terms of intrinsic motivation are favourable for the integration of the HOS in the course of the OG.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: XVIII
  • Page Range: 43-68
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: French