Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Teaching and Learning Methodologies in Electrical and Electronics Technology

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Technology and Entrepreneurship Education

DESCRIPTION This study-unit tackles specifically the pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning topics within the knowledge domains of electricity and electronics. It discusses well researched perceptions and mental models that novice learners have about electricity and presents models and analogies designed to foster better understanding of the subject at secondary level and beyond. The unit also highlights typical practical difficulties that novice learners usually encounter when implementing real circuits either for investigation or design. It provides opportunity for learners to reflect on their own education of the domain of electricity and electronics while researching new methodologies for the effective teaching and assessment of electrical topics.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:
- Present and analyse novice learners’ perceptions and mental models of electricity.
- Present teaching models, analogies and methods used to foster better understanding of topics in electrical and electronics theoretical and practical knowledge.
- Provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and research about new methods of presenting topics in electrical and electronic knowledge domains.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- List and discuss common perceptions, mental models or difficulties of novice students about the topic of electricity.
- List, discuss and analyse well researched projects and methods which have been designed to address specific learning difficulties within the topic of electricity.
- Link the challenges of learning electrical topics with aspects of cognitive development or performance in other subjects, for example, mental visualization skills, mathematical skills, drawing skills and practical aptitude etc.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Develop methods or instruments to measure the level of understanding / misunderstanding of students within a given topic in electricity or electronics.
- Use visualization as a tool to develop novel methods of teaching electrical and electronic topics.
- Use educational technology to plan and manage better the teaching of electrical and electronics topics.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Duit, R., Jung, W., & von Rhoneck, C. (Eds.). (1984). Aspects of Understanding Electricity: Proceedings of an International Workshop. Ludwigsberg: Kiel: Institut für die Pädagogik der Naturwissenschaften an der Universität Kiel.

Caillot, M. (Ed.). (2013). Learning Electricity and Electronics with Advanced Educational Technology (Vol. Book 115). Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag

Denis, B. (Ed.). (1993). Control Technology in Elementary Education (Vol. 116): Springer.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%


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