How to grow physics? Creating a proper climate through cooperation between the University and the school

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J. Jarosz
Institute of Physics, University of Silesia, Poland
Forum 2014 Helsinki
WG1 : Inspiring the young

The widely understood mission of a physics teacher is not only to conduct exemplary lessons in the classroom. It is merely the last stage only the top floor of the pyramid of conditions, which must be fulfilled to provide the youth with proper education. At the base of this pyramid there are a conducive social climate, popularity of science in families and local communities, and an appropriate rank of physics at school and at the society. The university physics departments appear to be most appropriate places and the best allies that can support schools. Universities not only have laboratories and appropriate technical measures, but, above all, can play an invaluable role in creating a right societal climate and promoting the importance of natural sciences.

The programme which is offered to physics teachers in the Institute of Physics at the University of Silesia in Katowice is an example of vehicle which transfers no only the idea how to create interest in physics, but also provides teachers with the appropriate tools, competences and qualifications.