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PbI@School: A large-scale study on the effect of “Physics by Inquiry” pedagogy on Secondary 1 Students’ Attitude and Aptitude in Science
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Research Brief;12-006;
The main aim of this 3-year project was to develop, implement and evaluate a guided-inquiry curriculum in a local secondary school using the Physics by Inquiry (PbI) “research–development–instruction” iterative approach. Our study showed that students' interest in Science is a key predictor of future aspiration to learn the subject and reinforces the need to shape positive attitudes towards Science, especially at the lower secondary level. Overall, students and teachers held favourable perceptions regarding the inquiry-based curricula and instruction, citing hands-on activities, self-directed learning, learning from peers, and opportunity for consolidation as important features in engaging them in learning. Students' conceptual understanding and reasoning abilities were also enhanced after the intervention. These findings suggest that the curriculum materials have been effective in providing structured guidance to students to promote their learning of Science through evidence-based reasoning, problem solving and argumentation.
This brief was based on the project OER 46/08 FSK: PbI@School: A Large-Scale Study on the Effect of Physics by Inquiry Pedagogy on Secondary One Students’ Attitude and Aptitude in Science
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