ERIC Number: ED085024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
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Analogue Experiences in Physical Science. Teaching Forum.
Guthrie, Vallie; Colquitt, Leroy, Jr.
For some time there has been a concern in the scientific and academic communities to make science more meaningful to the growing ranks of apparently disenchanted students. This concern is reflected in the development of programs to reassess science curricula on all educational levels. The Thirteen-College Curriculum Program (TCCP) approach to physical science has been to widen the forms of mathematics and its applications to include the natural, though sometime unsophisticated, schematic models developed by students. The theme of this program is student-centered teaching; the program attempts to involve students in principles of each of seven disciplines through first-hand discovery. The students begin with concrete examples and empirically develop from them relevant abstractions and generalizations. The students have tended to become oblivious to some of the artificial barriers between disciplines and have gained a greater appreciation for the structural similarities among them. In this article an example of a class-activity-investigation concerning a conservation law is presented. The investigation concerns the study of a conservation law and contains basic laws of physics and many aspects of the nature of the scientific method. (Author/PG)
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Authoring Institution: Institute for Services to Education, Inc., Washington, DC.