A Scenario-Based Learning of Electrical Circuits

Alexandros Papadimitriou

Abstract


This paper presents a framework of an educational scenario for the teaching of electrical circuits at senior high schools. This scenario aims at the development of exploratory and critical thinking of students, the development of make-decision skills and knowledge transfer skills from one framework to another, the ability of collaboration and  in common approach of problem solving. During the lessons, the student teams discover the formulas and principles of the  total resistance, the voltage drop across the resistances, and the flowing current through the resistances, in series, in parallel, and in combination resistance circuits by comparing the circuits with each other and guided by the exploratory questions and scaffolding as well. At the end, the student teams solve an open-ended problem based upon their knowledge obtained through the activities. This framework has adopted and applied by educators with a great success.

Keywords: Educational scenario, Problem solving, Social constructivism, Cooperative learning.


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