Experimental Designs for Inquiry with Problem-Based Strategy

Shaona Zhou 1 , Yau-Yuen Yeung 2 , Hua Xiao 1 , Xiaojun Wang 1

1 South China Normal University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510631, China
2 The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hongkong, Hongkong , China
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Received: 2011-1-16 / Accepted: 2011-5-7 / Published: 2011-6-30

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Abstract Taking into account that current teaching methods fail to lead students to feel the connections between science and society, and that some drawbacks exist in experimental courses, we have designed a series of experiments with Integrated Circuit (IC) cards which lead the reader to follow a problem-based strategy. The experiments are developed to help students get a better experience through inquiry. Several questions are provided for each experiment as a guide to start the investigation. These questions are without standard answers, so students are suggested to explore by themselves. With the experimental results, we could also ask students to think over the restrictions of how to utilize the IC card in daily life.

Research Areas: Learning theory