Friday, April 4, 2014

Modelling Instruction in Singapore

Thanks to Darren and colleagues in Curriculum and Planning Division (CPDD) Ministry of Education (MOE) and National Institute of Education (NIE), Modelling Instruction is slowing but surely getting more attention in Singapore as an viable active learning pedagogy for Physics Education.

update: 6 june 2014

Dear Participants,
I am pleased to inform you that the course “Modelling Instruction in Physics Workshop (1ST Run)” has been confirmed.
Please find the details of the course as follow:
Dates: 8 & 9 Jul 2014
Time: 9AM- 5PM
Venue: NIE7-B1-22

Points to note:
1. Tea-break will be provided for the course duration. All foods are served halal.
2. You are advised to bring a sweater as the room may be cold.
3. If you are unable to make it for the course, please send a replacement from your school. Do inform me of the replacement’s name, so that changes can be made accordingly.

Thank you and have an enjoyable and fruitful time at the course!

Sign up here and see you there! 
E-register [1st Run] successful.  8 & 9 Jul 
E-register [2nd Run]

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Modelling Instruction in Physics Course Synopsis

The course will introduce teachers to a model-centred, guided-inquiry method to teaching Physics based on a Modeling Theory of Physics Instruction, which has been the focus of educational research by David Hestenes from Arizona State University and collaborators since 1980. The name Modeling Instruction expresses an emphasis on making and using conceptual models of physical phenomena as central to learning and doing science. Specific examples will illustrate how this method of instruction can increase conceptual understanding and develop scientific views of Physics.

Who Should Attend

Upper Secondary/IP Physics teachers


Date : 8-9 July 2014 (1st run) , 10-11 July 2014 (2nd Run)
Time : 9 am - 5 pm
Venue : TBC

Course Objectives

This course is designed for teachers to:

  1. experience the use of Modeling Instruction in Physics to teach electricity and magnetism concepts
  2. experience the use of whiteboarding and Socratic dialogues to improve scientific discourse in the classroom 
  3. network with other fellow educators keen on the Modeling approach in order to share ideas and to support each other in implementing it in the classroom

Course Outline

The course focuses on key concepts in Electricity and Magnetism from a model-centered perspective. Participants will work through examples from a microscopic perspective to develop a deep understanding of content and how to teach it effectively. They will experience the use of multiple representations (verbal, diagrammatic, graphical and algebraic) as conceptual tools for modeling physical objects and processes. They will also experience the use of whiteboarding as a tool to improve the quality of classroom discourse.

Course Content

Overview of Models and Modeling
  1. Electric charge and electric fields
  2. Electrical energy and electric potential
  3. Electric current (surface charge model)
  4. Magnetic fields and forces
  5. Electromagnetic induction


MOE participants - $ 225.70 (incl. 7 % GST & $1 Copyright Fee)

Non MOE participants – $ 974.70 (incl. 7 % GST & $1 Copyright Fee)

Closing Date for Applications

6 June 2014
Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.


You have registered for Modeling Instruction in Physics
Session Date: 8 & 9 Jul
Salutation : Mr
Name : wee loo kang lawrence
Email :
Contact : 92475573
Registration ID : 739774
Event Venue: TBC
Event Date (Start): 08 Jul 2014 09:00 AM (End): 09 Jul 2014 05:00 PM