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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Definitions for heuristic

  1. encouraging a person to learn, discover, understand, or solve problems on his or her own, as by experimenting, evaluating possible answers or solutions, or by trial and error: a heuristic teaching method.
  2. serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation.
  3. of, relating to, or based on experimentation, evaluation, or trial-and-error methods.

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Citations for heuristic
Not least, the rigidity of the dictation has also been the subject of long arguments over its heuristic value as a learning method. Lilia Blaise, "In Paris Suburbs, Adopting a Dreaded School Test as a Tool of Integration," New York Times, May 11, 2016
… it is not possible to pick among the psychological literature and try out a seemingly appropriate heuristic system of learning as the modification of the teacher is usually as long and complex a process as the modification of the pupil. Lawrence Edwards, "How children learn science," New Scientist, July 14, 1977
Origin of heuristic
1815-1825
Heuristic is a New Latin construction, equivalent to the Greek heurískein, "to find out, discover." It entered English in the early 1800s.