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Burning a Candle at Both Ends: Classrooms as Complex Systems

by: Thomas O'Brien

This introductory activity models how simple it is to prepare and execute interactive, discrepant-event demonstration-experiments. They can be used daily to activate students’ perceptual attention, catalyze cognitive processing, and energize interest in science phenomena. This activity also serves as a visual participatory analogy (science education analogy) for classrooms as complex systems where teachers and students interact with one another and phenomena.


Elementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School


Type Book ChapterPub Date 3/1/2010Stock # PB271X_3

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