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Chapter 8 complex cognitive processes

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Concepts
mental structures that categorize sets of objects, events, or ideas.
Characteristics, defining attributes
attributes or features.
Prototype
the best representative of a concept, category, or class.
Exemplar
the most highly typical examples of a concept.
Undergeneralization
exclusion of some true members from a category; limiting a concept (for instance, tomatoes are really fruits—but many people resist this knowledge).
Overgeneralization
inclusion of nonmembers in a category; overextending a concept.
Concept mapping
a strategy that helps learners construct visual relationships among concepts.
Easy concepts
have easily observed, limited number of characteristics.
Difficult concepts
characteristics are difficult to define, prototypes and exemplars vary widely.
Network (web) concept map
a concept map illustrating non-hierarchical relationships
Hierarchical concept map
A hierarchy suggests a particular order or classification or that some characteristics are more important than others.
Misconception
a misunderstanding of an important concept.
Bruner's approach to discovery learning
students work on their own to discover basic principles
Inductive reasoning
formulating general principles based on knowledge of examples and details
Intuitive thinking
making imaginative leaps to correct perceptions or workable solutions
Guided discovery
An adaptation of discovery learning in which the teacher provides some direction
Deductive reasoning
drawing conclusions by applying rules or principles: logically moving from a general rule or principle to a specific solution.
Ausubel's method of expository teaching
teachers present material in complete, organized form, moving from broadest to more specific concepts.
Meaningful verbal learning
focused and organized relationships among ideas and verbal information
Advance organizers
Statement of inclusive concepts to introduce and sum-up material that follows
Analogical instruction
teaching new concepts by making connections (analogies) with information that the student already understands.
Problem
any situation in which you are trying to reach some goal and must find a means to do so.
Problem solving
creating new solutions for problems
Well-defined problem (common in schools)
Has only one correct solution and a certain method for finding it. If you have two bananas and someone gives you two more, how many do you have. There is one right answer.
Ill-defined (common in life)
Has more than one acceptable solution, an ambiguous goal, and no generally agreed-upon strategy for reaching a solution. How are you going to learn all this Ed Psych material? There are several right answers and the barriers to learning differ from student to student.
Schema-driven problem solving
recognizing a problem as a "disguised" version of an old problem for which one already has a solution.
Algorithm
a rule prescribing a specific set of steps for solving a problem.
Heuristics
general, widely applicable problem-solving strategies (such as trial and error).
Means-end analysis
a strategy in which the problem solver attempts to break the problem into sub-goals and works successively on each.
Working-backward strategy
heuristic in which one starts with the goal and moves backward to solve the problem.
Analogical thinking
a strategy that is used to solve unfamiliar problems by comparing them with problems already solved.
Verbalization
putting your problem-solving plan and its logic into words
Functional fixedness
inability to use objects or tools in a new way
Response set
rigidity; tendency to respond in the most familiar way
Representativeness heuristic
judging the likelihood of an event based on how well the events match your prototypes—what you think is representative of the category.
Availability heuristic
judging the likelihood of an event based on what is available in your memory, assuming those easily remembered events are common.
Belief perseverance
the tendency to hold onto beliefs, even in the face of contradictory evidence.
Confirmation bias
seeking information that confirms our choices and beliefs, while disconfirming evidence.
Insight
sudden realization of a solution
Expert
individuals who are highly skilled or knowledgeable in a given domain.
Cognitive apprenticeship
a form of scaffolding that occurs when a less skilled learner works at the side of an expert (student teaching is a form of cognitive apprenticeship).
Worked examples
are problems and complete solutions that are presented simultaneously.
Creativity
imaginative, original thinking or problem solving
Domain-relevant skills
abilities within a field (e.g., musical skills of a musician)
Creativity-relevant processes
work habits, personality traits
Intrinsic task motivation
an internal desire to do something
Restructuring
conceiving of a problem in a new or different way
Divergent thinking
Coming up with many possible solutions
Convergent thinking
narrowing possibilities to a single answer
Brainstorming
generating ideas without stopping to evaluate them.
Metacognition
the awareness of and control over one's own cognitive processes; thinking about thinking. Thinking about how you learn.
Learning strategies
general plans for approaching learning tasks.
Learning tactics
specific techniques for learning, such as using mnemonics or outlining a passage.
Comprehension monitoring
The process of checking to see if you understand the material you're reading or hearing.
Summarizing
the process of preparing a concise description of verbal or written passages.
Elaborative questioning
the process of drawing inferences, identifying examples, and forming relationships in the material being studied.
Cmaps
tools for concept mapping developed by the Institute for Human Machine Cognition that are connected to many knowledge maps and other resources on the Internet.
READS
A five-step reading strategy: Review headings; Examine boldface words; Ask "What do I expect to learn?"; Do it—Read; Summarize in your own words.
CAPS
a strategy that can be used in reading literature: Characters, Aim of story, Problem, Solution.
KWL
A strategy to guide reading and inquiry: Before—what do I already know? What do I want to know? After—what have I learned?
Epistemological beliefs
beliefs about the structure, stability, and certainty of knowledge and how knowledge is best learned.
Critical thinking
A person's ability to make and assess conclusions based on evidence.
Transfer
influence of previously learned material on new material.
General transfer
the ability to take knowledge or skills learned in one context and apply them in a broad range of different contexts.
Specific transfer
the ability to apply information in a context similar to the context in which it was originally learned.
Low-road transfer
spontaneous and automatic transfer of highly practiced skills (e.g., your skills at taking multiple-choice tests).
High-road transfer
application of abstract knowledge learned in one situation to a different situation.
Overlearning
practicing a skill beyond mastery.