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Gentner, D., Markman, A.B. (1994). Structural alignment in comparison: No difference without similarity. Psychological Science, 5(3), 152-158.
Researchers have found identifying similarities and differences to be basic to human thought. Indeed, they might be considered the “core” of all learning.
Potts, B. (1994). Strategies for Teaching Critical Thinking. ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (ERIC Identifier ED385606). Retrieved February 24, 2005, from http://www.eric.ed.gov
Problem-finding is an excellent group activity, particularly if two or more groups work on the same task independently and then come together to compare strategies. In this way, each student has the benefit of exposure to several ways of solving the problem.
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