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ERIC Number: ED032072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
Pages: 18
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A Developmental Research Plan for Junior College Remedial Education; Number 3: Concept Formation.
Boggs, John R.
The remedial student's lack of success is characterized by low grades in English and math and by a high dropout rate. Topical Papers 1 and 2 (ED 022 479 and ED 026 050) considered two possible reasons for his lack of success. This paper examines a third, namely, his inability to form new concepts. It presents a description of concept learning to provide the instructor with a framework and terms for teaching a concept and an evaluation procedure for determining their effectiveness. Theories of how one forms a concept take one of two approaches: the learner as passive recipient or as active participant. In the latter case, the student has a concept when he groups things into a category according to a rule, e.g., "walk" and "talk" are verbs because they denote action. This paper provides ten questions for diagnosing erroneous concepts and a procedure for determining whether concept learning is facilitated by using a framework. Construction, application, and evaluation of the test are described. Where results are significant, they support the use of the framework; where they are not significant, they suggest further modification of the instruction methods or modification of some other factor. The test can be used for other groups of students besides remedial ones. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Junior Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.
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