Glossary — Observation — TFY-C1


Chapter 1

Accommodation Accommodation is achieved when we can do the thinking needed to create a new schema or modify an old schema in order to explain a new experience.
Assimilation Assimilation is achieved when we can integrate new experiences into existing schemas.
Disequilibrium The confusion and discomfort felt when a new experience cannot be integrated into existing schemas.
Equilibrium A stable inner feeling of well being that we feel when our thinking enables us to modify or create a new schema that better explains our world.
Hypothesis Hypothesis is a trial idea, tentative explanation, or theory that can be tested and used to further an investigation.
Observe To watch with attentive awareness.
Perceiving To regard and interpret what the senses tell us.
Principal claim and reasons These are the two parts of an argument. The principal claim is the thesis or conclusion. The reasons support this claim through evidence or other claims. A claim is an assertion about something.
Schema Schemas are the mental files in which we store our explanations of experiences.
Sensing To make use of such senses as sight, hearing, and touch.
Thinking Purposeful mental activity such as reasoning, deciding, judging, believing, supposing, expecting, intending, recalling, remembering, visualizing, imagining, devising, inventing, concentrating, conceiving, considering.