ERIC Number: ED281740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Minitheories: A Modular Approach to Learning Applied to Science.
Perspectives on a psychological approach to learning are offered in this paper. Specific emphasis is directed to the assumption that children possess "minitheories." Minitheories are defined as attempts to make sense of particular kinds of experiences and are explained and delimited by the domain of experience to which they currently apply. This paper reviews: (1) basic assumptions and accompanying guide questions on this approach to science learning; (2) specifics about the dimensions and impacts of children's minitheories; (3) ideas on the learning process; (4) descriptions, examples, and comparisons of gut ("experiential") science, lay science, and school science; (5) perspectives on the potential overlaps, conflicts, and resistances related to mini-theories; and (6) ideas on the aims of science teaching. A reference list is also provided. (ML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).