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Power thinking and thinking power
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Yap, K. C. (1999). Power thinking and thinking power. In M. Waas (Ed.), Enhancing learning: Challenge of integrating thinking and information technology into the curriculum: Proceedings of the 12th Annual Conference of the Educational Research Association ( pp. 609-616). Singapore: Educational Research Association.
This paper will address the thinking of pre-service teachers on the physics concept of
electrical power and their ability and hence power, to think through a task on electrical
power. In the thinking task assigned to them, they were asked to observe the brightness of
two similar pairs of bulbs (25W and 40W) that were connected differently. Each connection
was either in series or in parallel. In each case they were asked to observe whether the 25W
bulb or the 40W bulb was brighter. They were then asked to determine which pair was
connected in series and which in parallel. From their explanations and drawings, it was
possible to determine their thinking on power, their ability to draw on everyday experience
and knowledge and also their ability to draw on physics knowledge. As an essential
component of science teacher education, they were also encouraged to think of appropriate
pedagogical opportunities for enhancing teaching-learning .
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the ERA Annual Conference held at Plaza Parkroyal Hotel, Singapore from 23-25 November 1998
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