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Skills and Best Practices

Reasoning Strategies

Hilda Taba believed that students make generalizations only after data are organized. She believed that students can be led toward making generalizations through concept development and concept attainment strategies.

In A Teacher’s Handbook to Elementary Social Studies, Hilda Taba describes generalizing as a higher order of thinking when compared to forming concepts.

According to Joyce and Weil, Hilda Taba utilized three main assumptions in developing her teaching model (Joyce & Weil, 2000, p. 131).

  • Thinking can be taught.
  • Thinking is an active transaction between the individual and data.
  • Processes of thought evolve by a sequence that is lawful.

Taba developed three effective strategies in the inductive model that enable students to form concepts, interpret data and apply principles.

Updated February 8, 2023 2:12pm