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students need to be involved in activities that encourage them to invent or
formulate their own understandings. A number of instructional strategies have 50 been developed that are consistent with this intent. In general, these strategies are
referred to as inductive or student-centered strategies.
Inductive Teaching Strategies
Inductive teaching strategies initiate learning through students’ experiences. Sometimes these experiences occur naturally, or sometimes teachers
provide them. Students’ goal is to construct an understanding of these experiences
by analyzing and interpreting these experiences. Through their attempts at
analysis and interpretation, students hopefully also improve their skills as
researchers and investigators. Discovery learning and inquiry training are two
examples of inductive teaching strategies.
Discovery learning. You may remember from chapter 5 that discovery
learning is a key instructional concept in Bruner’s cognitive developmental
theory. According to Bruner (1967),...
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- Spring '08
- Educational Psychology, Instructional Technique