Inductive and Deductive Thinking

Having trouble getting students to own a concept? Try Concept Attainment, a favorite teaching strategy that encourages students to look for patterns as they compare attributes of “yes” and “no” examples. Students better own concepts and demonstrate long-term retention because they derive the definitions in their own terms

Hilda Taba’s strategy of Inductive Reasoning (Thinking) was designed to help students cope with the demands for expanded curriculum in a world of ever-increasing factual information. Taba believes that students are best able to retain knowledge only after it is organised.

In this series of workshops teachers will experience both concept attainment and inductive thinking as strategies that will help make connections between what students know and what they will be learning, enabling them to learn how to examine a concept from a number of perspectives. Both of these strategies help students learn how to sort out relevant information and extend their knowledge of a concept by classifying more than one example of that concept. Once teachers incorporate these strategies into their classes students go beyond merely associating a key term with a definition; the concept is learned more thoroughly and retention is improved.