The Importance Of Concept Change In Intro To Education

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Concept Change…a term very foreign to me as of about four months ago. If you were to ask me what concept change was before college I would have no answer for you. But as I have experienced college as well as being in Patrick Vrooman’s Intro to Education class, I now have a pretty good grasp of it. Concept change, according to boundless, is “learning that changes an existing conception” (Orey, 2016). Because of the vastly different backgrounds and upbringings every person has, we all have our own set of uniquely different concepts. A concept is “something conceived in the mind : thought, notion” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Because of the different ways everyone was raised and the different morals they were taught growing …show more content…
When discussing different concepts with others as well as reading and assessing many academic sources, it is easy for someone’s concept to be swayed and for them to rethink their original concept. So, throughout my time in Intro to Education, I have had minor concept changes through the different discussions, academic analysis, and experiences. One might wonder how you can experience a concept change, how do you know that you have underwent concept change? But these questions have already been pondered and discussed by George J. Posner in the article “Accommodation of a scientific conception: Toward a theory of conceptual change”. In this article, Posner says there are four steps that must be taken and achieved for one to have experienced concept change. The first step that Posner talks about is “There must be a dissatisfaction with existing conceptions” (Posner, 214). It is said “scientists and students are unable to make major changes in their concepts until they believe that less radical changes will not work” (Posner, 214). Posner argues that to start the process of accommodating a new concept, you first must become displeased with your conception of something so you can begin to make that change in your thoughts. Next Posner states, “A new conception must be …show more content…
Growing up in a small farm town, with very little families that would homeschool their kids, I had little knowledge of how homeschooling worked and how it affected the students being homeschooled. The only knowledge I had was of one homeschooled family. This family was quite the different compared to any other family I had ever met. There were about five kids and this family and they all seemed to have an interesting way about them. The entire family rode around together in a big van, they never wore shoes (not even in the snowy winter months), and they kept to themselves. So through my early years, when I though of homeschooling, this is what came to mind…an anti-social, anti-shoe type of family. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school where my dissatisfaction began with my perception of the homeschooling system and the social and education levels of the kids that went through this system. I had met another girl who was homeschooled her whole life and she was very intelligent, social, and defied every preconception I had of homeschooled kids growing up. This is where my dissatisfaction began. I knew I was dissatisfied, but I also knew that I only had two cases to base my concept off of, so it is something that I didn’t acknowledge and was okay that I was still dissatisfied. It wasn’t until recent within my Intro to Education class where I

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