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ERIC Number: EJ792123
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1962
A Taxonomy of Meaningful Learning
Jonassen, David H., Ed.
Educational Technology, v47 n5 p30-35 Sep-Oct 2007
Synthesizing a decade of research, the author describes a taxonomy of meaningful learning. The most meaningful learning outcome is problem solving. In this taxonomy, four different kinds of problem solving are arranged in a hierarchical manner. Prerequisite/corequisite with problem-solving outcomes are two fundamental reasoning skills that underpin all problem solving: analogical and causal reasoning. These forms of reasoning call on concepts-in-use, and lower- and higher-order propositions comprised of concepts and relationships. Problem-solving instruction should engage learners in solving problems, analogical comparisons of structurally similar problems, and analysis of the causal relationships (higher-order propositions) contained in the problem space. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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