Harlow, A., Peter, M. & Scott, J. (2012). Threshold concept knowledge in analogue electronics: Support and assessment. Paper 1, Proceedings of The 19th Electronics New Zealand Conference (ENZCon), Dunedin, New Zealand, 10-12 December, 2012.
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In electrical engineering, as in other academic disciplines, there exist special, threshold concepts, where students often get stuck but which once grasped reveal new ways of thinking about a subject. Two surveys, student interviews and focus group discussions, and students’ assessment were directed at learning of threshold concepts and their pre-cursors. Results suggest that one of the precursor concepts, current flow, may be a threshold concept in itself. A model of precursor and threshold concepts assessment and additional student-support for learning threshold concepts is suggested.
University of Otago, Dundedin
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