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Guided Inquiry


Vincent Youngbauer

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Guided Inquiry

GUIDED INQUIRY BASED LEARNING In constructivist pedagogy, students “construct” their own learning and understandings (as opposed to “tabula rasa”). Constructivist approaches to history and social studies typically emphasize student-centered inquiry methods. Let's look at a couple of examples: THE FRENCH POPULAITON PYRAMID POPULATION PYRAMIDS ARE GRAPHIC MODELS DEPICTING THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE IN A COUNTRY OR REGION IN EACH AGE COHORT. The demographic structure of a place can be inferred from the shape of its population pyramid. DEFINITIONS: BIRTH DEFICIT: Signifies a lack people due to low amounts of births compared with other cohorts and/or other times and/or other places. DEATH EVENT: Signifies a lack of people due to an event that causes death as compared to other cohorts and/or other places, and/or other times. With these definitions in mind, let's try to analyze the French Population Pyramid from 1967. BODY RITUAL OF THE NACIREMA DEFINITIONS: RESOURCES: Substances that can be transformed into artifacts. ARTIFACTS: Material objects produced in order to satisfy human needs and desires; e.g. foods, clothing, buildings, tools, furniture, coins, toys, etc. INSTITUTIONS: Systems that regulate conduct and govern social relationships within cultures: e.g. schools, churches, corporations, systems of etiquette, legal procedures, etc. INNOVATION: A new idea whose implementation results in a cultural change: e.g. computers, birth control, aviation, modern telecommunications, etc. With these definitions in mind, let's read "The Body Ritual of the Nacirema." We will have a discussion after we read. Discussion questions: 1.What are some of the resources and artifacts of the Nacirema and how do they impact people’s perception of self? 2.How do the cultural practices of the Nacirema affect gender roles? 5.In what ways are our institutions, beliefs and practices like or unlike those of other cultures? In what ways have we adopted practices from other cultures?
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