Identifying What to Teach: Using Concepts, Generalizations and Driving Questions, pp. 9 of 9


Halfpenny, A.M. & Pettersen, J. (2014). Introducing Piaget (E-book). New York: Routledge.

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[i] To learn more about deductive and inductive approaches to teaching concepts, see Van Cleaf (1991), Action in elementary social studies (pp. 219-228), New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.


[ii] For more information on Piaget’s ideas of schema, you may refer to Halfpenny, A.M. & Pettersen, J. (2014). Introducing Piaget (E-book). New York: Routledge.

An Inspiring Quote

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~ John Dewey, How We Think

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