ADAPT Program -- Accent on Developing Abstract Processes of Thought


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You may be wondering how to apply the concept of developmental stages in your physics teaching, To help you with this, we have prepared modules 5-11 dealing with differing aspects of instruction. Module 5 concentrates on the analysis and writing of physics problems and test questions. As you read the examples we have selected, keep in mind the characterisrtics of concrete and formal thought described in Module 2. A matter that we find difficult to resolve concerns how to give all students, regardless of the reasoning patterns they use initially, practice in problem solving. Furthermore, evaluation through tests should give all students an opportunity to show what they have learned in physics and with respect to formal reasoning patterns.