A conversational approach to teaching about nuclear power
33rd Annual CNS Conference - 2012 June 10-13


Presented at:
33rd Annual CNS Conference
2012 June 10-13
Location:
Saskatoon, Canada
Session Title:
WFS - Education

Authors:
Jason Donev (University of Calgary)
Yuen-Ying Carpenter (University of Calgary)
  

Abstract

Nuclear power requires students to understand a number of abstract concepts from diverse disciplines, and assemble these into a larger intellectual framework. Advances have been made on teaching related core subject material, but little work has applied these results to introductory nuclear power classes. A model similar to tutorials directs students through a series of guided questions. Students answer these questions are aided by a textbook, online references, and computer models that encourage free exploration of these concepts. Preliminary results indicate that marks have improved considerably and comprehension has become much deeper on related topics. 

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