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ERIC Number: EJ1024955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Keep Them Guessing
Riendeay, Diane, Ed.
Physics Teacher, v51 n7 p438 Oct 2013
Discrepant events are surprising occurrences that challenge learners' preconceptions. These events puzzle students because the results are contrary to what they believe should happen. Due to the unexpected outcome, students experience cognitive disequilibrium, and this often leads to a desire to solve the problem. Discrepant events are great motivators. Often, even disinterested students are drawn into the discussion by their need to understand what just happened. Although it is best to have the students experience the events firsthand, there are many videos on YouTube that can be used to create a sense of wonder in students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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