ERIC Number: ED278567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Integrating Research on Misconceptions, Reasoning Patterns and Three Types of Learning Cycles.
Lawson, Anton E.
This paper describes how the learning cycle leads students to become more skilled reasoners. The three phases of the learning cycle are described and examples and goals of each are provided. Information is also offered on the three types of learning cycles: the descriptive; the empirical-inductive; and the hypothetical-deductive. Each is described in terms of: (1) how it addresses the phases of exploration, term introduction, and concept application; (2) the steps used in preparing and using the cycle; (3) its application to a specific topic area, i.e., skull structure/function, air pressure, and transportation. If correctly used, it is contended that the learning cycle will provide the opportunity for students to reveal their prior conceptions and to test them in an open atmosphere. References are included and an appendix contains both teacher and student materials for the activities which were described in the section on the three types of learning cycles. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the United States-Japan Seminar on Science Education (Honolulu, HI, September, 1986).