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By Thomas M. Duffy, Joost Lowyck, David H. Jonassen, T.M. Welsh

The thought for this ebook grew out of a NATO complicated study Workshop held on the Catholic college at Leuven, Belgium. we're thankful to NATO for help in engaging in this workshop and for help within the coaching of this ebook. we're fairly thankful for his or her emphasis on designing the workshop to construct collegiality. They urged that we carry the assembly in a small city and that we manage night actions to maintain the crowd jointly and to advertise casual and prolonged discussions. What sage recommendation. the buzz grew over the 3 days as we shared understandings and enriched our views. certainly, there has been even a proclaimed "near" conversion to a constructivist standpoint from one colleague proficient in conventional tutorial layout tools. whereas we record this as a little a funny anecdote, it such a lot essentially displays the experience of pleasure that constructed. we'd additionally wish to thank the workers on the Catholic college for his or her nice help through the workshop. Their efforts and their sturdy cheer have been vital elements within the good fortune of the assembly. particularly we want to thank Jan Elen, Catherine Vermunicht and Jef Vanden Branden. ultimately we want to thank the body of workers at Indiana college for his or her assist in assembling this e-book. Deborah Shaw ready the index. We thank her for the ability and pace with which she was once in a position to work.

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A particularly interesting example of teacher-provided support was shown to us by Nancy Johnson, a teacher who taught "Rescue at Boone's Meadow" to first graders. She did not expect these students to deal with the entire problem. Nevertheless, by handing out a map and manipulatives that represented a standard for distance, Johnson was able to help the students figure out the time and distance to rescue the eagle given a particular route. One group of students was even able to determine that the pilot would have to take more gasoline.

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Take, for example, the situation where a physics teacher, working with the class on the physics of circular motion, has encountered the popular misconception that astronauts float around inside space ships because they are outside the field of gravity of the earth. She has done her best to correct the misconception, but wants to make sure that several particular pupils have the chance to show that they really understand the role that gravity plays in determining the orbits of space ships and their contents.

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