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Concept Attainment Model

Having students hypothesize and analyze in order to reach an understanding of a concept while practicing their critical thinking skills.
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1. Identify Topic - identify the topic you want your students to learn that the students are familiar with 2. Specify Learning Objectives -set a clear expectation of what you want students to learn and let it be known that you want them to think critically 3. Select Examples and nonexamples -select examples that will help guide students to reach the learning objective -have a variety of examples and nonexamples to fully illustrate the topic assigned 4. Sequence Examples -examples should be put in order to ensure students are being challenged in order to think critically to reach the understanding of a concept

Phase One: Introduction -the topic is introduced and the teacher must give clear instructions for the process of the lesson Phase Two: Examples and Hypothesizing -students are given examples and nonexamples so that they may hypothesize possible labels for the concept Phase Three: The Analysis Cycle -more examples are given in order for students to test their hypothesis and or create new ones Phase Four: Closure and Application -students are asked to define and identify essential characteristics of the concept

Assessing Understanding of Concepts -Ask students to define the concept, identify the characteristics of the concept, relate the concept to other concepts, or supply examples of the concept.

Motivation/ Modification
Motivation -allowing students to work in groups increase student involvement which in turn increases motivation Modification CA II -learners strategically select examples from a list provided by the teacher to test hypotheses CA III -learners generate their own examples to test their hypotheses

Assessing Critical Thinking Abilities -is important but can’t be done without assessing learners’ understanding of content -ask open ended questions -did the hypothesis work?

So what? What is important to understand about this?

Students deepen and elaborate their understanding of a concept but while doing so are given the chance to practice their critical thinking skills.