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Explorers of the Universe: Metacognitive Tools for Learning Science ConceptsMuch of school learning consists of rote memorization of facts with little emphasis on meaningful interpretations. Knowledge construction is reduced to factual knowledge production with little regard for critical thinking, problem solving, or clarifying misconceptions. An important role of a middle and secondary teacher when teaching science is to aid students' ability to reflect upon what they know about a given topic and make available strategies that will enhance their understanding of text and science experiments. Developing metacognition, the ability to monitor one's own knowledge about a topic of study and to activate appropriate strategies, enhances students' learning when faced with reading, writing and problem solving situations. Two instructional strategies that can involve students in developing metacognitive awareness are hierarchical concept mapping, and Vee diagrams. Concept maps enable students to organize their ideas and reveal visually these ideas to others. A Vee diagram is a structured visual means of relating the methodological aspects of an activity to its underlying conceptual aspect in ways that aid learners in meaningful understanding of scientific investigations.
Document ID
19990021061
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Alvarez, Marino C. (Tennessee State Univ. Nashville, TN United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
May 1, 1998
Publication Information
Publication: Minority University-Space Interdisciplinary Network Conference Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Users' Conference
Subject Category
Computer Systems
Funding Number(s)
CONTRACT_GRANT: NGT5-40054
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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