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Concrete vs Abstract (was Middle School PS Texts~)

At 22:49 2/26/01 -0600, you wrote:
/// in elementary school the average teacher is still a
concrete thinker. This means that elementary teachers
are at the same level
or barely above the students they teach! ///

John M. Clement

This idea of a progression from the concrete to the abstract
is a charming fragment of a rather old theme in developmental psychology.

When you see a physicist writing equations in greek and roman letters
whose significance may vary from moment to moment, without explanation
(psi, epsilon, omega perhaps?) then you may possibly be seeing yet
another example of someone attempting to demonstrate his mastery of
the abstract, in recognition of the continuing power of this old tenet
(in my, always humble, view.)


brian whatcott <> Altus OK