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ERIC Number: ED594402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr-23
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
A Triangulation Theme
McDonald, Betty
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Students often find it extremely difficult to memorise a host of formulae and more importantly to use them in context when required. By identifying a wide variety of different three variable formulae and commenting on their uses, this article seeks to reinforce basic scientific principles and simultaneously make connections using real life, everyday situations. The paper followed numerous cohorts of students from different countries in several continents over a 45-year period. The triangulation theme is emphasised and derivations from sample fundamental equations are discussed. Results showed that apart from bringing together commonalities, the dangers of compartmentalisation are minimised. This article also serves to encourage thinking outside the box. By requesting that three variable relationships be identified in as many subject areas as possible, the reader is forced to bring together ideas from different subjects, thereby undermining the tendency to compartmentalise. It is hoped that readers will become more sensitive to the threesome nature of basic scientific laws that govern the universe and find science much more engaging and exciting. Educators might consider paying specific attention to the triangulation pattern in relationships in order to improve teaching practices and enhance learning.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A