Michigan State University
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Students write analogies, describe similarities and differences between analog and target and draw inferences.
Undergraduate general education science course
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
How the activity is situated in the course
Students do this exercise at least twice a week with new concepts.
Content/concepts goals for this activity
The goal is to practice reasoning by analogy.
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
This provides students with a framework for developing models.
Other skills goals for this activity
Description of the activity/assignment
Students work in groups during class or while doing online homework. They are encouraged to explore whether or not group members understand their reasoning.
Metacognitive components of the activityThe activity is designed to make the structure of reasoning by analogy apparent.
Metacognitive goals for this activity:The goal is to help students recognize how they reason and learn about new concepts.
Assessing students' metacognitionEvidence to date is qualitative.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Students practice frequently in class and do homework. Assessment is based on how well they draw and reason by analogy on tests.
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