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Concept Attaining: Method of Inquiry teaching

A presentation for teacher candidates learning about effective teaching

Ludmila Smirnova

on 31 January 2015

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Transcript of Concept Attaining: Method of Inquiry teaching

Phase 1: Presentation of Data and Identification of a Concept
Phase 2: Testing Attainment
of the Concept
Phase 3: Analysis of Thinking Strategies
Attaining Concepts
Teaching Through Inquiry
Present examples and non-examples
Students compare examples/non-examples and identify common attributes
Students create and test hypothesis
Students write a definition according to their hypothesis
Students identify additional examples as "yes" or "no"
Teacher confirms hypothesis, names the concept, and restates the definition according to the essential attributes.
Students come up with their own examples to add!
Students describe their thinking process. How did they arrive here?
So, What about attributes?
Defining Attributes
Variable Attributes
Describe the concept, but there are several options
(Celebrity example: Must have hair (the attribute), but that hair could be blonde, brown, black, or gray (the variables).)
It's really quite simple!
Look at the "examples" and discover the rule!
Notice the definition includes all of the ESSENTIAL attributes.
Who can you add to our example column using our essential attributes?
Concept Analysis
You've made it! That's what it looks like for your students, but....
Outline for the Taxonomy
Specifying the defining
attributes and
variable attributes

Giving examples and
non-examples for
defining attribute and talking about WHY (the rationale) they are an example or non-example.
Defining the concept
using attributes
That's only the
tip of the iceberg
. The bulk of concept attainment comes through your planning AND your thinking, or concept analysis.
These examples/non-examples should increase in difficulty.
Formulating illustrative problem solving exercises (or practice )
Developing vocabulary associated with the concept & it's defining attributes.
Your thinking!
Really...that's the key
Your Turn!
With your group,
Try it with your own content!
Steps of CA lesson
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