I’m happy 🙂
I got a weekly-update newsletter email from the Peer Instruction Network, that I recently joined and they quoted a (“fantastic”, sic!) question I’ve asked when joining the network… so that other members can give me their answers, via a special POLL… how cool’s that!!!
II. Social Sciences Members Spotlight
Social science disciplines most frequently registered
- Education: 78
- Psychology: 53
- Economics: 40
Bob at University of Luxembourg posted a fantastic question on www.peerinstruction.net relevant to the social sciences.
He asks, “How do you develop ConcepTests for knowledge domains where it’s less obvious what are the established theories, facts and opinions?”
First, for those of you who do not know, ConcepTests are short conceptual questions used in Peer Instruction. Once a teacher poses a ConcepTest, students are first given time to formulate responses and then asked to discuss those responses with each other. The process requires students to think through their reasoning first and then provides them with opportunities to analyze their reasoning with their peers, but does not require a correct answer.
There are many different types of ConcepTests. For example, discussion starters, opinion polling on gray area issues, outcome prediction questions (IF,THEN, etc), and even textual analysis. We find students are just as engaged in these questions as in questions where there are “right” and “wrong” answers.
III. Peer Instruction Network Member Poll
Click here or copy and paste this link (bit.ly/pinetpoll) into your browser to:
- Respond to Bob’s question