An innovative inquiry-oriented module on Thermal conductivity: design, development and application
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In line with current trends about developing teaching learning sequences in science education we have designed an innovative inquiry oriented module aiming at providing secondary education students with a comprehensive treatment of thermal conductivity in materials. The module, developed in the context of the European Project on Materials Science, consist of units which make an extensive use of ICT-based tools, including virtual laboratories and specially developed parametric simulations of microscopic models on heat conduction as well as hands-on experiments. The structure of the module is presented here as well results from classroom applications, which include pre-post tests, teachers’ notes and video taped lessons. Preliminary pre- and post-test results showed moderate evolvement in students’ understanding of concepts and process of heat conduction in different materials.