Pfc102R Assignment 6

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5Module: PFC102R: Teaching Mathematics And Science Assignment 6 Unique number: Name: Student number: 800062 Jean-Marie Roos 43547656 Jean-Marie Roos 43547656 PFC102R – 800062 1 Table of Contents Page Question 1 Question 2 Question 3 Question 4 Question 5 Bibliography 3 4 5 7 10 13 Jean-Marie Roos 43547656 PFC102R – 800062 2 Question 1 1.1 Knowledge: A person's mental framework of ideas constitutes knowledge only if it corresponds to reality. Learning therefore implies that the learner constructs his or her mental framework of ideas in accordance with the way things are in reality; in other words, successful teaching and learning occur ``only when the mind of the learner passes from a state of ignorance or error to a state of knowledge'' (Adler 1988:168). Mental frameworks: A personal mental framework may be described as how one thinks things are, and this forms one's own personal frame of reference. 1.2 Child science is children's way of making sense of the natural world. Child science refers to the explanatory ideas of natural phenomena that children construct for themselves. 1.3 Children do not arrive at our science lessons with empty minds. They have often already constructed their own interpretative ideas regarding natural phenomena. These ideas may be incorrect, but they seem entirely logical and sensible to the child; in other words, children have their own personal child science.  If the meanings and ideas that a child has constructed for himself or herself are incorrect, any new information that is linked thereto is also likely to be wrong, or to be wrongly applied (Gega 1994:42).  Children cling strongly to the ideas and meanings that they have constructed for themselves; in other words, children are reluctant to admit that their ideas and preconceptions are wrong (Watson Konicek 1990:682).
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