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Contextual thinking in science education
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Yap, K. C. (1999). Contextual thinking in science education. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 56-64). Malacca, Malaysia.
While general thinking skills may have a role to play in the general education of
students, there is little doubt that thinking in the context of a discipline is a powerful tool for
learning the main concepts of a subject. In this paper, the author will discuss the attempts of a
group of pre-service science teachers in using convergent and divergent thinking based on
appropriate tasks. Such attempts to integrate their thinking process within the context of their
knowledge expertise and specialisation have important implications for science teacher
education. The author will also discuss a number of appropriate pedagogical considerations and
opportunities that are available for classroom science teachers to facilitate and enhance
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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