The Ideal Learning Environment
– “A good teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary” (Thomas Carruthers). Before we can consider ourselves professional teachers or even an expert teacher, we must first understand the way in which our students learn, how they are motivated to learn and what kind of environment would support their best learning. These questions have long been pondered by psychologists and teachers alike. As a pre-service teachers, I believe it is important for us to also begin considering these questions and take them into account for our future teaching practices….
A Single Youth Culture
– A Single Youth Culture Youth culture and youth subcultures have been a subject of research since the early 1930s. It is most certainly true today that there is not one singular youth culture but a variety of different youth subcultures. The 90’s can not be described as the same as the 60’s or 70’s or even the 80’s.There are many reasons put forward by sociologists for this such as there are more styles available today, media influences us more and there is a higher disposable income per household to spend on fashions….
Investigating Students’ Intuitive Knowledge About Patterns That Are Discussed in the Science Classroom
– Abstract Professional scientists construct explanations to explain how and why various phenomena in the world operate. Formulating an explanation can allow us to engage in the scientific process by providing a better understanding of new phenomena and the ability to reflect on observations. Both the content and the form of the explanation can influence our understanding of the phenomena to be explained and how we perceive the explanation. In this paper I will attempt to understand in detail the relationship between the content and form of students’ generated causal explanations…. ;
The Application of Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding in Elementary Math Instruction
– Introduction One of the pillars of Vygotsky’ theory of sociocultural development is the zone of proximal development (ZPD). The ZPD is defined as “the distance between the actual developmental level as determined by independent problem solving and the level of potential development as determined through problem solving under adult guidance, or in collaboration with more capable peers” (Vygotsky, 1978, p86). The premise of this theory is that students through assistance can boost their understanding of a skill and gain mastery by first observing, receiving guidance and finally independent practice…. ;
Inquiry Based Learning using Technology and Socio-Scientific Inquiry
– Science teachers have placed a high value on “scientific” thinking in their classes for quite some time. Unfortunately in the not to recent past that meant cook book labs, scripted lessons and taught students a prescribed way to do the scientific method. This left little room for free thought, questions and independence on the part of the student. The American Association for the Advancement of Science reports that, science educators have worked to infuse scientific inquiry into the K–12 curriculum (1990)…. ;