The contribution offers a paradigmatic example of educational research applied to the design of laboratory activities dedicated to food education. The articulated training course proposed enhances the synergistic contribution of scientific and humanistic disciplines in a heuristic perspective and represents an organic systematization of consolidated teaching experiences undertaken in secondary schools. The case studies proposed, which were carefully selected, are intended to promote conscious food choices for a healthy lifestyle in students.
Every academic year we conduct some practical projects for large companies, such as, for example, IBM, HP, Sony, Ericsson, Fiat, Fincantieri, Trenitalia, etc..., which involved the students of the University of Trieste, In this project we started from the desires and mobility needs of Italian university students and we created an innovative and revolutionary solution regarding the best features that a car must have to express an optimal answer to their needs. A design team was created which followed the guidelines of ergonomic design to identify the expectations of the chosen “target group”, applying the methodologies of inferential statistics. The most up-to-date science and technology findings available at that time were used. The result was the creation of the prototype “Fiat Punto Student”, a concept car, designed to provide a targeted response to the students’ wishes, both in terms of mobility and of communication, which may become a real web node, permanently connected to the Internet.
Physics textbooks affect teaching methods. They provide teachers with content management, curriculum design, and materials to build students’ learning abilities and have a crucial role in the teaching-learning process, as teachers recognise. However, Physics textbooks sometimes limit teachers’ efforts to innovate Physics teaching strategies. “College Physics - Explore and Apply” is a Physics textbook based on the ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment) approach. This book is more than a simple textbook: it illustrates a completely new approach towards Physics and presents an innovative teaching-learning Physics process. Teachers who have adopted this approach and the associate textbook will never go back to the oldest teaching methods.
The following article illustrates a workshop presentation that focuses on Probability Calculus, but not only. The problem presents itself as a sort of enigma and develops as an open problem situation in which it is necessary to find out how to optimize the result and therefore proceed by trial and error and subsequent generalizations. The enigma is eventually revealed, but like all enigmas, it still remains partly mysterious.
The contribution offers an original biographical profile of Professor Paolo Tremoli, as remembered by a student of the then Faculty of Education of the University of Trieste. The story begins with the effects exerted on Professor Tremoli’s students by a monographic course dedicated to the Latin playwright Plautus, held at the Faculty of Education, and the narration then expands to include the figure of the educator and the man.