Students Need To Explain Things to Themselves

Reasearch conducted by Chi, Bassok, Lewis, Reimann, and Glaser found that the more students explain examples to themselves, the more they learn from those examples. This, obviously enough, suggests that students should be encouraged to explain things to themselves or others as they are working on a problem. But to have this happen in a natural way would interfere with the normal way students are tested and treated in class. If students were tested on the reasons for their answers they would learn more from the test, but learning from tests is not what testing is all about in the schools.

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