Thursday, August 21, 2014

IPRC 2014 Day one

After much preparatory work, the 11th IPRC was officiated bt the Dean of Fakulti Sains dan Teknologi Makanan. The opening speech was followed by a keynote address by Prof William Borges. He encouraged the audience to embrace Socratic method as a way to learn. Basically, are we asking enough right questions? Do we encourage our students to learn, to memorise, or to understand?

I believe if students are braver in asking queastions in the classroom, they would understand statistics more. Heck, they would even LOVE statistics. Alas, there are multiple sources of anxiety that students experience. They are fearful of taking an exam. And they are also anxious about their preparation  for an examination. Interestingly, preliminary evidence suggest that anxiety BEFORE taking an exam could help students tp achieve higher grades.

#rolling up aleeve for further research

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