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ERIC Number: ED379303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-23
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Teaching Thinking across the Curriculum with the Concept Attainment Model.
Pritchard, Florence Fay
The Concept Attainment Model is described as a teaching approach that helps students develop skills for inductive and deductive thinking while learning subject matter in any field in a constructive and meaningful way. A definition and overview of the model are presented, with guidelines for using the concept-attainment approach to design and deliver instruction and to evaluate student learning of subject matter and thinking skills. The model is an instructional approach in which teachers guide students to derive an abstract, generic idea inductively using pattern recognition and categorizing skills, and then help them deductively apply the concept in new situations. The theory of concepts of Jerome Bruner is the source of the model, which was transformed into a teaching model by B. Joyce and M. Weil (1972, 1980, 1986). Planning for teaching with the concept attainment model involves: (1) identifying a significant and definable concept; (2) analyzing its essential and defining features; and (3) designing exemplars from which the concept can be derived. The model offers teachers a method for teaching thinking across the curriculum using the subject matter of disciplines they teach. Five figures illustrate the discussion. (Contains 10 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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