Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Scientific Analogies - Section 5: Evaluate

 

One thing to be very careful about with scientific analogies is to know that they have been used for centuries by scientists.  They have been used and utilized as scientists methods for connecting new learning to what they already know in their world.  

However, if not used correctly, analogies can lead to misconceptions in learning as well.  This is something we want to avoid.  Our time with our students is short and we do not always have the luxury of extra minutes to go back and reteach in great depth heavy concepts. This can be one of those heavy concepts.  

Teachers use analogies almost instinctively without realizing they use them. When a student seems a bit confused by a lesson, a teacher's nature inclination is to describe the learning in another context, one the student can relate to. However, this is not always the best plan.  Making sure that the analogies are thought through carefully and connected to another phenomenon in nature is important.  This alleviates the chance to make a random connection that may not be appropriate and builds a misconception for students. 

  Careful Use of Analogies in Science
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Careful Use of Analogies in Science
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Scientific Analogies

Unit 4: Unit 4- The Alpine Mountain Environment
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: SWBAT make observations of an object in nature and describe with scientific analogies.

Big Idea: Scientists use analogies to describe and classify discoveries every day. Learning to use those connections can help to compare models to everyday objects.

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