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Interactive Teaching Approach in Year One University Physics in Taiwan: Implementation and Evaluation

Researchers: Wheijen Chang, Alister Jones and Rainer Künnemeyer.

An intervention teaching program was implemented in a tertiary physics class in Taiwan. By providing the students with context-rich questions and sufficient time for thinking and discussion, the program aimed to stimulate students' intellectual engagement and intended to promote their participation in learning practice. The program was assessed by interviewing students as well as by surveying the students' opinions in confidential questionnaires. The results indicated the successful nature of the program in terms of promoting engagement in learning situations, students taking more responsibility for their learning and promoting interest and enjoyment in learning physics. However, there was no evidence to suggest an improvement in traditional tests.

Outcomes:

W. Chang, A. Jones, and R. Künnemeyer. (2002). Interactive Teaching Approach in Year One University Physics in Taiwan: Implementation and Evaluation. Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, 3, paper 3.

Wheijen Chang. (2000). Improving Teaching and Learning of University Physics in Taiwan. DPhil thesis, The University of Waikato.

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