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ERIC Number: ED440961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-27
Pages: 18
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Schema Theory: A New Twist Using Duplo Models.
Nichols, Joe D.
This paper describes how one college professor explains the concepts of schemes, assimilation, accommodation, and equilibrium to college undergraduates enrolled in educational or development psychology courses. The professor uses classroom demonstration to show how the concepts interact in an applied setting. The demonstration uses 30 children's Duplo building blocks in a premade asymmetrical construction placed in a closed box so students do not see it and 30 unassembled blocks. Two students sit back-to-back in front of the class. One student (the teacher) gets the assembled construction, while the other student (the learner) gets the unassembled pieces. The teacher must describe the model and give instructions to the learner to build a matching model. The learner cannot speak or ask questions. The teacher may only use verbal instructions. Because they are back-to-back, they cannot see what is happening. Students experience the disequilibrium described by Piaget in his cognitive theory. After the demonstration, the class analyzes how Piaget's cognitive theory relates to this setting. The paper discusses how demonstration students typically handle this situation and how classmates typically observe and interpret what is happening. Students generally make several appropriate connections to the teaching environment from participating in this activity. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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