GLN Consulting offers a variety of services organized around the use of explanatory modeling activities to help students learn to use the kinds of cognitive processing strategies that have been shown to promote greater depth of understanding and conceptual change. The skills underlying the use of these processing strategies are necessary to think critically about the subject matter of psychology and essential for conducting basic and applied research in psychology and for presenting, analyzing, and evaluating sophisticated psychological arguments.
Introducing students to explanatory modeling activities.
Preparing students for engagement in explanatory modeling activities by presenting them with information about the nature of scientific explanations, the kinds of scientific explanations used in psychology, and the modeling procedures that scientists use to construct, evaluate, and revise explanations.
Clients are also advised on how to incorporate this material with the subject matter being presented in a way that facilitates students’ understanding.
Presenting students with strategies for constructing, evaluating, and refining explanatory models, instructing students in how to carry out these strategies, and showing students how the use of these strategies can facilitate the process of scientific investigation.
This involves recommending strategies for:
Engaging students in explanatory modeling activities.
This includes advice on:
Engaging students in metacognitive reflection on and discussion of their modeling activities.
Providing students with information about the nature of scientific arguments and counterarguments, with emphasis on important relations between explanations, arguments, and the interpretation of evidence.
This involves teaching students:
Teaching students to use the implications of relevant explanations to make, analyze, and evaluate psychological arguments and counterarguments.
To evaluate an argument, the student would:
Constructing exams, essay assignments, and other methods of evaluation that accurately assess students’ application of critical analytic and argument skills to the relevant subject matter.
The proper construction of these forms of evaluation are critical because:
Using measures of students performance and student’s reflections on and discussions of their modeling activities to improve teaching technques.
At various intervals (as determined by you, the client) throughout the duration of the course being taught, you provide GLN with information about students’ performance on exams and essays, and other forms of evaluation and students’ reflections and discussions of their explanatory modeling activities. GLN then analyzes this information to identify students’ anchoring conceptions, reasoning skills, and learning processes at that point in instruction. The resulting analysis is then used to recommend adjustments in instructional methods that might enhance students’ acquisition of target levels of understanding and reasoning skills.