Come March 20th 2015, I will be under a serious professional combat. I will be defending my thesis titled,
“Development of a Guided Inquiry Laboratory to Enhance Students’ Understanding of Law of Mechanical Energy Conservation”.
Considering the significant role of energy in understanding the natural phenomena, this study, probably the first of its kind in Bhutan, has developed a simple hands-on model to demonstrate the law of mechanical energy conservation. Researchers in science, particularly the physics education have revealed that the students either lack or have misconstrued the concept of law of mechanical energy conservation. And Bhutanese students by far, are no exception based on my teaching savvy and know-how for the past 6 years. As advocated by science educators in making complex and abstract scientific concepts into simpler and concrete ideas, this study has emphasized in hands-on learning using a physical model. Learning of science through hands-on model in this 21st century, is considered as one of the most meaningful and powerful strategy that enable the students to learn by doing and establish the link between the abstract ideas and physical illustrations. The findings of my study is by large, in consistent with the existing literatures showing a statistically significant difference.
I am delighted not because my findings share the similarity with those previous studies, but I am grooming and sharpening my nerves to fight that epic professional battle. This day was one of the kind that I always longed for. It will be a gene-altering experience for me. The days following this epic battle will certainly redefine and set a new vista in my life.
But for now, all I need is LUCK and PRAYERS.
“The elevator to success is out of order. You will have to use the stairs… One step at a time”- Joe Girard