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ERIC Number: EJ1173292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Variations on a Simple Dice Game
Heafner, Joe
Physics Teacher, v56 n4 p262-263 Apr 2018
I begin my introductory astronomy course with a unit on critical thinking that focuses on, among other things, the differences between the "scientific method" as frequently presented in textbooks and actual scientific practice. One particular classroom activity uses a simple dice game to simulate observation of a natural phenomenon and the process of figuring out the framework, which we have previously defined as the rules that allow us to make predictions, governing the simulated phenomenon. Using games to teach scientific methodology is not new (see Maloney and Masters and Smith and references therein). I have experimented with Maloney and Masters' games and discovered that my students found them too difficult to figure out and therefore they did not learn what I hoped they would from them. I also experimented with other card games and found that too many students already knew the rules of both well-known and obscure card games. I even tried inventing my own games with, at best, mediocre results.
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Language: English
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