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ERIC Number: EJ684176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1076-2175
Julius Deetken--Pioneer Druggist: An Application of the Enrichment Cluster Model to a History Classroom
Rapaport, David
Gifted Child Today, v28 n1 p50-63 Win 2005
Edward Thorndike may be counted on to say in few words what amounts to a highly complex idea. He once said that, with learning as with any activity, ability must be supplemented by interest or desire. "If we wish to learn a certain thing, we must arouse adequate interest... we must transmute this general wish into an interest that will carry us to and through the detailed activities necessary" (Thorndike, 1935, p. 85). His straightforward conclusion was that, in planning any educational endeavor, it is important to account for the level of student interest. "It is important know whether the student has it, how strongly he has it, and when and how he has it" (p. 85). A project in a San Jose, California, middle school was imbued with Thorndike's principles, placing them at the forefront of key decisions affecting instructional design. These decisions involved how to create a structure that enables students to learn the skills necessary to carry out many subprocesses requiring prerequisite knowledge and, at the same time, includes an absolutely authentic experience with real-world consequences.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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