- Dr. Zahava Scherz
- Prof. Bat Sheva Eylon
- Dr. Marcel Freillich
- Merav Kfir
- Hanna Margel
- Debby Somech
- Dr. Malka Yayon
Secretariat and Administration:Adi Dagan-Dadush
Development of instructional sequences for "materials science", which includes an understanding of the "great ideas" in the field, emphasis on relevance to the learner's life, and innovative pedagogies.
The Material Sciences for Middle School project started in 1994 and resulted in the development of a series of learning and teaching materials as part of the MATMON curriculum (1996-2002), and – beginning in 2010 – a new, revised curriculum series, titled MATMON HADASH (“new MATMON”).
Over the course of this project, several developments were introduced:
- The teaching sequence for the Material Sciences curriculum materials;
- Methods for developing a sound understanding of the “great ideas” in the field;
- Approaches which emphasize the material’s relevance to the student, with the aim of achieving comprehensive scientific literacy for all students; and
- Research-based pedagogies which support meaningful learning and teaching: primarily the integration of contents and high order skills, student-based approaches, and applying IT and a variety of approaches to facilitate students’ diversity.
These developments were supplemented by further research on the subject, focusing on students’ conceptualization of the structure of matter, using a longitudinal conceptual methodology which analyzed the challenges faced by students and their comprehension of the particulate model: from particles to atoms and molecules. We also studied the feasibility and potential contribution of using models (such as “the black box”) and high-resolution microscopy, such as the Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM), as a learning tool for the particulate model of matter in middle school science classes.