|To learn a new item of knowledge, the student is taken
through four stages:
|1. Acquiring a physical significance for the item under
study through a concrete or semi-concrete model. Working through
the model, the student is guided to obtain the idea.
|2. Acquiring an abstract significance for the item, through
the use of numbers without physical representation.
|3. Recalling facts and performing computational skills quickly
and correctly, through meaningful practice.
|4. Applying the freshly learned knowledge to situations that
call for its use.
|When the student leaves the last stage, mastery is secured,
and the new item is integrated into the body of knowledge previously