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Title: 
Learning physics: The “Play-N-Learn” approach
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Nov-2006
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Munirah Shaik Kadir & Yau, C. M. (2006). Learning physics: The “Play-N-Learn” approach. In Y. J. Lee, A. L. Tan & B. T. Ho (Eds.), Proceedings of ISEC 2006 (pp. 757-771). Singapore: National Institute of Education.
Abstract: 
The science curriculum in Singapore promotes innovation in teaching and learning to encourage children
to develop curiosity and the spirit of inquiry. It hopes to build the development of thinking and reflection
into the everyday classroom processes and sets to understand the complexities and relate learning to
application and alternatives. The end goal is pupils who enjoy and value science.
In the area of physics, pupils find it difficult to enjoy and appreciate the subject because they are
intimidated by the terminologies, calculations and concepts that require higher- order thinking. Teachers
are always looking for new ways to make physics more appealing to the pupils.
Past research has shown that when pupils play with concrete models and toys, it arouses curiosity and
interest because it is a fun learning experience. Curricula in early childhood education programs
throughout the world are built around play because young children respond very well to it and play has
shown to contribute to the many aspects of a child’s psychological development.
If the level of difficulty of the play activities is raised for older pupils, will play still be a stimulant for their
learning and will the learning be effective? Will the pupils respond well to play or find the play experience
too childish? These are some of the questions and concerns that have been addressed in the study. This
paper reveals how the “play-n-learn” approach was implemented on a group of secondary three pure
physics pupils and their response to the experience.
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This paper was presented at the International Science Education Conference (ISEC 2006), held in Singapore from 22 - 24 Nov 2006
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