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TheConceptAttainmentModel
TheConceptAttainmentModelisamodelteachersuseforhelpingstudentsdevelopandbeabletoelaborateconceptsandtheirrelationshipsamong
them,alongwithgivingthemthepracticewithcriticalthinkingbyformingandtestingtheirhypotheses.
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TheoreticalFoundations
ConceptAttainmentModelisateachingmodeldesigned
tohelpstudentsofallageselaborate&reinforcetheir
understandingofconcepts&practicecriticalthinking.
Studenthypothesizewhattheconceptmaybe
Analyzetheirhypothesesbasedonexamples
Intheend,arriveattheconcept
Usefulforgivingstudentsexperiencewiththescientific
method,likehypothesistesting

Planning

ImplementingCont./
Assessing

Closure:Asingleandfinalhypothesisisfoundand
defined,andmoreexamplesareanalyzedbasedon
theirdefinitions.
Assessing
Assessthestudentstomakesurehaveadeeper&
moreelaborateunderstandingoftheconcepts.
Assessthereisanincreaseofcriticalthinking
abilitiestothelessontopic.

Implementing

Identifyatopicthatisimportantforthestudentsto
understand,likescientificmethod.
Makingsurethestudentsisfamiliarwiththetopic&topics
relatedtoit.
Byhavingexamplesandnonexamplesisanimportantpart
oftheplanningprocess.
HelpingthemformahypothesisaboutwhatthetopicIS
andisNOT.
Helpselaboratetheirunderstandings.

Introduction:Introducingthelesson&explaininghow
theactivitywillbeconducted.
Examples&Hypothesizing:Presentwithexamples
and/ornonexamples,thenstudentswillhypothesize
possibleideasfortheconceptsbasedonexamplesgiven.
Analysis:Moreexamplesarepresentedtohelp
eliminateexistinghypothesesandthenbeabletoadd
newhypotheses.

Assessing

Motivation/Modification

Canassessstudentscandefinetheconcept,identify
theconceptscharacteristics,relatetheconceptto
otherconcepts,andidentify/giveexamplesofthe
conceptnotpreviouslyencountered.
Assessingstudentscriticalthinkingabilitiesby
givingyesornoquestionsORaskingtolistexamples
tofurtherunderstandtheirknowledgeand
understandings.

Activitiesareintriguingduetothesenseofmystery
involvedinthelesson.
Studentsarechallengedtofindtheunknown.
Helpsaddvarietytoclassroomactivity.
Studentsareabletoworkinpairsorgroups,which
increasesmotivation.
Modifybyusingtechnologyinaloneorgroupinteractions.
Theonlymodificationthatwouldrequireexistsinthe
initialprocessofgeneratingthehypotheses.

So what? What is important to understand about this?


TheConceptAttainmentModelisdevelopmentallyadaptableforallages,anditusedtohelpincreasemotivationinstudents.Easilyadaptabletoallculturebackgroundsandcanuse
technologytoalsohelpthestudentscriticalthinkingskills.Overall,makeslessonseasierfortheteachertoallowthestudentstobetomaketheirownhypothesesanddiscoverythetrue
meaningsofthelessonstopic.