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ERIC Number: EJ774704
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
The Pedagogical Value and the Interdisciplinary Nature of Inductive Processes in Forming Generalizations: Reflections from the Classroom
Sriraman, Bharath; Adrian, Harry
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v35 n4 p407-422 Dec 2004
The tendency to generalize from specific experiences leading to new, more abstract concepts is a natural aspect of human thought. Generalizations are the end result of an inductive process that begins with the identification of similarities in seemingly disparate situations. It is the existence of such generalizations that makes it possible for us to understand each other and the world around us. It is pedagogically weak to present generalizations to students and expect them to know how and when to apply them. On the other hand if students experience the inductive process in classrooms and discover generalizations, they are likely to remember and use this process when tackling other problems. The authors illustrate the pedagogical value of such an approach and the interdisciplinary nature of the inductive process by reflecting on teaching practices in English literature and mathematics in a high school classroom. In particular the authors reflect on how the inductive process was applied to four short stories and four problem-solving situations, which resulted in high school students arriving at generalizations that characterized the stories and the problems. A conceptual model that illustrates how inductive processes facilitate generalizations in the classroom is presented.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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