(eBook PDF) The Environment and You 3rd Edition by Norm Christensen
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The Environment And You by Norm Christensen
The ideal case method learning environment requires a climate that is supportive, challenging and conducive to risk-taking. In such an environment, every comment can provide an opportunity for individual and collective learning, and each student feels that he or she has a fair chance to contribute to the discussion. Creating and sustaining this kind of learning environment involves two essential elements: clarity of expectations, as represented in the explicit learning contract, and consistency in the instructor's corresponding behavior, which informs the implicit learning contract. The instructor can present a set of rules, norms, and guidelines at the beginning of a case method course to define and shape student expectations regarding preparation, participation, the discussion process, attendance and other aspects of the learning process. Clarity regarding expectations can be especially important when students are relatively unfamiliar with discussion-based learning.
Explain what knowledge is and how it is obtained. Describe the current conception of science and describe its history. Understand the basic assumptions underlying scientific research. Describe the characteristics of scientific research and understand why each of these is necessary. Explain the difference between logic of discovery and logic of justification. Describe the characteristics that typify the person who is adept at pursuing scientific research. Describe the objectives of scientific research.