This-essay is a7810292.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %TRICKERY OR CHALLENGE 781029 Science teachers like to challenge their students with problems taken from the real world, or made to simulate real world problems. In doing so science teachers challenge students with problems which do not explicitly say what is to be done, what all the relevant information is, and what information is not relevant. Students who are "destined" to become successful (like today's scientists) find such problems challenging and rise to the challenge; finding their fulfillment in structuring the problem so that they can solve it. Future scientists gain analytic ability as they succeed in structuring unstructured problems, and in fitting together the pieces of the puzzle so as to identify which pieces belong to another puzzle and which pieces of the puzzle are missing. Students who are not "destined" to become successful (like today's scientists) tend to see the situation quite differently. They tend to experience the "challenges" as messages that they as persons are not wanted, that the scientists are trying to maintain the elitist character of their profession, that science classes are the arenas for a competitive sport in which very few win to go to the next level of the contest. In evaluating teaching effectiveness they would give high marks to science teachers for their ability to teach students that very few can learn science, and that students who can not learn science on their own---- are not worthy of affirmation. Such students are likely to experience the challenges of science teachers as tricks which are used to decide which students merit the affirmation of the science teacher, and which students do not merit affirmation. Inadequacies in teachers' explanations tend to confirm this hypothesis, as such inadequacies convey to students the message that the teachers do not care about them enough to pace the learning at a rate which both students and teachers can handle at a mastery level. One of the most convincing verifications of the trickery hypothesis takes the form of "it is obvious (well known, clear, easy to show, etc.) that - - -." The students should insistently ask, "Is it Obvious?" To whom? On what basis?" (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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