«Physics in Higher Education»
JOURNAL of the
SOCIETY Series «B»
V. 2, N 2, 1996
In this article, we propose a new educational method intended to develop creative engineering abilities in younger university students , This method was successfuly applied for a number of years in a physics laboratory course.
The main results of our studies are presented here. T he primary idea of the proposed approach is a so-called «method of repeated investigation» . In this method, the students are invited to independently study several microproblems, The results of these studies are, of course, known to the instructors, but are absolutely unknown to the students. Without a doubt, the instructor helps the students solve these problems, but this help is not direct.
The instructor asks a number of special questions, and in some cases gives the students some hints, In the proposed method, assigned exercises and problems connected with them are the same as in usual accepted methods. The novelty in our method lies in the series of special questions. The basis for these questions is the same for all types of exercises. Thus, in working on different exercises, the student must solve the same supplementary problems in each case. These supplementary problems should develop the creative ability of the student.
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