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ERIC Number: EJ1154345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
What is a Concept?: A Fresh Look at Teaching Factual Information
Lattanzio, Tania; Muller, Andrea
Childhood Education, v93 n5 p410-419 2017
Educators have traditionally taught through topics and content, the content being discrete pieces of factual information (e.g., capital cities, dates of significant events, names of dinosaurs, parts of plants). While such factual information is important, learners do not always understand how to transfer the content to meaningful and authentic contexts. Kip Te´llez (2014) points out that while "facts are crucial to overall knowledge development," when taken alone they "do not generalize well. They are specific to the context in which they are taught." However, using a conceptual framework can make teaching factual information much more meaningful. A concept can act as an umbrella, which can gather together the details and characteristics that form the content. Concepts enable learners to organize their thinking and achieve a stronger understanding that has meaning and purpose. By approaching a topic with a conceptual lens, however, we are providing students with meaningful connections and purpose for their learning. The article argues the benefits of teaching concepts to students and provides examples of lessons teachers have used.
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Language: English
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