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concept that includes animals that possess certain characteristics such as being
warm blooded. Above is a concept that represents a particular spatial relationship.
According to Gropper (1983), concept learning requires that students learn the
concept’s definition, that they are able to use that definition to discriminate nonexamples from examples of the concept, and that they are be able to use that 23 definition to identify all encountered examples as fitting in the concept category
In the case of a concept lesson on triangles, students would need to learn
that triangles are geometric shapes with three sides, and they would need to be
able to differentiate triangles from rectangles and ovals. Also, they would need to
be able to recognize that although right triangles, acute triangles, and equilateral
triangles are somewhat different in appearance, they are all still examples of
The routine treatments for a concept lesson would consist of the following.
• The lesson should contain a definition of the concept, and possibly
some guidelines to help students distinguish between related concepts.
For example, “A noun is a part of speech that indicates person, place,
thing or idea. It is different from a verb because...” • Students need to be provided with examples and non-examples of the
concept. In the case of a concept lesson on nouns, they would be
shown various examples of the different categories of nouns and nonexamples would be selected from other parts of speech like verbs. • Students should be given practice that requires them to state the
definition and to categorize or produce examples of the concept
correctly. For example, they may be asked to circle the nouns in their
own writing. 24 The selection of examples and non-examples is an extremely important part of a
concept lesson for helping students avoid misconceptions. Overgeneralization and
undergeneralization are two common errors students make in concept learning if
examples and n...
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