Concepts/Conceptual Thought. Concepts: Organizing ideas often built around abstract categories or classes of meaning; refined and enhanced over time (Piaget). Can be concrete places, objects, institutions, events, or ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.Conceptual thought: The ability to orga
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1. Concepts, Facts and Generalizations
2. Concepts/Conceptual Thought Concepts: Organizing ideas often built around abstract categories or classes of meaning; refined and enhanced over time (Piaget). Can be concrete places, objects, institutions, events, or ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Conceptual thought: The ability to organize and classify experience and knowledge into groups having common qualities.
3. Examples of Concepts island, village, city, nation, river, democracy, revolution, power, poverty, equator, holiday, supply, scarcity, ocean, colony, family, war, map, suburbs, prejudice, transportation, desert, community, freedom, culture, mountain, boundary, North, peace, assembly line, earth, nationality, money, neighborhood, waste, shelter, conflict, prices, market, natural resource, etc.
4. What is a Generalization?
Generalizations are descriptive statements of relationships between two or more concepts.
5. Examples of Generalizations When people (or nations) engage in mutually beneficial trade, both are made better off.
New inventions lead to change in ways of living.
Because the peoples of the world are interdependent, the behaviors of one group of people affects the lives of the other groups.
Families are a primary means of socialization in all cultures.
Written laws clarify the rights of citizens and protect the common good.
Great and small historical events rarely have a single cause.
6. Your Task: Look at p. 37 in the IASSS
Find at least 2 concepts and 1 generalization under Standard 3: Geography
7. Facts Facts are verifiable assertions about some specific element of the world.
Facts are necessary for building conceptual knowledge and generalizations. They are the build blocks of concept development
8. Examples Fact: The average January temperature in New Orleans is 53.6 F ; in Milwaukee it is 20.7 F .
Generalization: Climate varies from place to place.
Fact: The capital of Indiana is Indianapolis.
Generalization: In the midwest, capital cities are often located in or near, the center of the state.
9. Your task: How would you summarize the relationship between facts, concepts, and generalizations?