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Unformatted text preview: discovery is the process of translating
experiences into new understandings. A number of different discovery teaching
strategies have been developed (Weimer, 1975). Two of these, guided discovery
and open/free discovery, provide a sense of the range of teaching strategies that
can be labeled as discovery learning.
Guided discovery is structured or led by the teacher. Teachers typically
begin by providing examples and non-examples of concepts or principles, or they
would provide experiences that can be used to induce a generalization. Students
then hypothesize about the concept rule, the principle, or the nature of the 51 generalization. Students are provided with additional experiences, prompts, or
questions so that they can test their hypotheses. This process continues until
students arrive at the rule for the concept or the nature of the generalization.
Figure 7.3 (appears at the end of the chapter) provides a guided discovery lesson
for a simple concept.
Open/free discovery is a discovery teaching approach with minimal...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08