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ERIC Number: ED312158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Students Understand Difficult Science Concepts through the Use of Dialogues with History.
Lockhead, Jack; Dufresne, Robert
One dilemma of constructivist modes of instruction, which involve engaging students in discussions concerning a range of possible explanations for a given phenomenon, is that such an approach may confuse students who believe that absolute scientific truth exists. Historical dialogues in which various perspectives are aired by key scientists of the past may have the potential of bridging the conceptual gap. This paper proposes a teaching method using historical dialogues for remediating students' misconceptions. Selection of historical incidents, hints for teaching practice, risks of this method, and long term effects are discussed. A sample history dialogue lesson, "Galileo and Aristotle: A Dialogue," is appended. Three references are listed. (YP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A