The value of art-oriented pedagogical approaches to the teaching of optics and photonics
Keywordsscience education pedagogy
instructional materials development
visual thinking strategies
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PublisherSPIE-INT SOC OPTICAL ENGINEERING
CitationStephen M. Pompea, Nancy L. Regens, "The value of art-oriented pedagogical approaches to the teaching of optics and photonics", Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 104526Q (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2270021; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2270021
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AbstractArt-oriented pedagogical approaches have been successfully applied to optics and photonics education. We will describe how art-based programs that incorporate a Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) approach can be used by optics and photonics educators. VTS encourages both a deep appreciation of the content of optics images and phenomena and a highly participatory approach to understanding them. This type of approach has been used by the authors in a variety of educational settings including teacher professional development workshops, museum and science center-based programs, after school programs and in two-week intensive summer academies for students. These approaches work well with multiple age groups including primary and secondary grade students, university students, and adults who may have little apparent connection to optics and photonics. This art-science hybrid approach can be used by university professors, optics/ photonics professionals who do public programs, museum educators, and classroom science teachers.
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SponsorsNational Science Foundation under AISL from the National Science Foundation [DRL-1224020]