Seminar: Effects on Learning in Science Courses

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Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences S175

In this talk, Mark proposes a potentially important difference across individuals in the qualitative characteristics of what they learn from conceptual training experiences.  He suggests that during instruction, some learners focus on acquiring the particular exemplars and responses associated with the exemplars, whereas other learners attempt to abstract underlying regularities reflected in the particular exemplars linked to an appropriate response (termed "rule learners"). He further suggests that an individual's tendency to either focus on exemplars during learning versus focusing on extracting some abstraction of the concept or problem solution might be a relatively stable characteristic of the individual.

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