Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 5, Issue 3, Foreword (Dec., 2004)
Agnes Shook Cheong CHANG
Promoting Thinking through Pedagogical Changes in Science Lessons
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Presentation of challenging quizzes and puzzles as out-of-class activities

In the film “Good Will Hunting”, Mathematics undergraduates were stimulated and challenged by a complex problem posed outside the lecture hall every week. At the 8th International Thinking Conference in Canada, flash cards with interesting thinking problems were placed all over the conference venue. Participants were encouraged to solve these problems.

Students must realize that thinking skills are not meant to be applied only to academic exercises. They need to and should be encouraged to apply the thinking skills learned to all kinds of situations beyond the classroom. Teachers should provide the opportunities for them to apply their thinking skills.


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