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Piaget's Developmental Theory: Formal Reasoning Patterns

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Referring to the theories of Jean Piaget, illustrates tasks that challenge the thinking of secondary school students, including tasks which involve proportional reasoning, separation of variables, combinatorial logic, and the integration of these in an analysis of a balanced beam with weights.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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The International Picture [electronic resource]

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Provides an opportunity to investigate various aspects of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) other than the test scores themselves. William Schmidt presents differences in curricula, textbooks, and teaching practices around the world. A group of community members discuss how the TIMSS results reflect societal and cultural values.
Online
1999
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Thinking Like Scientists [electronic resource]

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Classroom footage and footage of scientists in the field explain and illustrate the concept of inquiry.
Online
2000
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Chemical Reactions [electronic resource]

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Students in a ninth-grade Principles of Science and Technology class formulate and explore their own questions about a chemical reaction.
Online
2000
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Introduction [electronic resource]

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Introduces the Teaching High School science series, demonstrating how to use each component.
Online
2000
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Investigating Crickets [electronic resource]

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Ninth-grade biology students design and conduct experiments about crickets.
Online
2000
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Exploring Mars [electronic resource]

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Students in an 11th-grade integrated science class explore how the Mars landscape may have formed.
Online
2000
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The Physics of Optics [electronic resource]

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An 11th- and 12th-grade physics class looks at light, lenses, and the human eye.
Online
2000
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The Many Faces of Learning [electronic resource]

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Presents the thoughts of guest educators on why they think it is important to continually examine the learning process. Invites personal reflection on beliefs about learning. Re-examines the learning process.
Online
1999
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Intellectual Development [electronic resource]

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Explores the power of the mind and consider the notion that every child can learn everything. Eleanor Duckworth discusses the importance of teaching for a deep and lasting understanding, and explains why it is important to give students time to work through their own ideas and experience confusion in order to achieve such understanding.
Online
1999
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Conceptual Thinking [electronic resource]

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Focuses on concept maps as tools for helping students learn. Joseph Novak explains how students learn by assimilating new concepts into their already existing frameworks. Takes a teacher step-by-step through the design and process of concept mapping. Shows concept maps being used in a variety of different ways in mathematics and science lessons.
Online
1999
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Inquiry [electronic resource]

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Hubert Dyasi discusses inquiry-based learning in science and explains why it is essential in all subjects. The episode shows several classrooms where inquiry learning is taking place and explores various inquiry strategies that can be used in the classroom.
Online
1999
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The Mind's Intelligences [electronic resource]

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Explores Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences and illustrates his theory being applied in a variety of different classrooms. Gardner discusses the importance of the disciplines and shares his thoughts on educational reform in America.
Online
1999
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Design, Construction, and Technology [electronic resource]

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Focuses on technology as an aid for learning. Mitchel Resnick discusses the effect of technology on learning when students design and construct tools to support their own inquiries. Shows examples of teachers using technology in their classrooms. Provides a sneak peek at Resnick's newest learning tool.
Online
1999
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Conceptual Change [electronic resource]

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Explores the role played by prior knowledge in the learning of new science ideas. Demonstrates that only when a new idea is understood, accepted, and found to be useful does it begin to be exchanged for a previously held scientific belief. Examines how teachers ideas about teaching and learning may be altered as they engage students in strategies designed to promote conceptual change.
Online
2000
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Infusing Critical and Creative Thinking [electronic resource]

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Considers how critical and creative thinking can be infused throughout the curriculum to assist students to better understand science concepts. Contrasts this with direct instruction in non-curricular contexts. Films classrooms where teachers have restructured their lessons to infuse thinking skills and, in the process, added richness and depth to their students learning.
Online
2000