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A Theoretical Basis for In-Class Demonstrations

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Mechanics Classroom Demonstrations

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26.125.1 - 26.125.8



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Eric Bell Triton College, Ret.

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A graduate and postgraduate of University of Illinois at Chicago, Eric Bell was formerly a professor at Triton College in engineering and computer science, now retired. He pursued postgraduate studies in education, also at University of Illinois at Chicago.

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A Theoretical Basis for In-Class DemonstrationsAbstractA session of the ASEE Mechanics division which has drawn interest in recent years is the demonstrationsession. In it, participants describe presentation tools and activities that have been used in classroomlectures. Their observations have led them to conclude that the use of relatively simple and/orinexpensive demonstrations result in a more effective learning experience. This paper will discusstheories which can be used to design still more effective classroom demonstrations implementing thestructure of scientific learning and cognitive dissonance.

Bell, E. (2015, June), A Theoretical Basis for In-Class Demonstrations Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23466

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