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Using problem based learning and recreational logic games to build student interest and confidence

Dr. Mar is the founding director of the Stony Brook Philosophy Department Logic Lab. In this lab faculty use games and puzzles, robots, and logic programs to teach logical and critical thinking and to create a community in which students can meet and get excited about logic and philosophy outside the classroom. Games encourage students to form learning communities to master the formal techniques of reasoning and to play games that develop logical skills in teams (e.g. Siamese chess or bug house, go, and three or four dimensional tic-tac-toe). Gary uses recreational logic puzzles (e.g., manipulatives such as the Rubic’s Cube) to illustrate logical concepts such as the concept of an algorithm for problem solving. Dr. Mar uses pedagogical strategies to reduce stress around tests—such as having... Show More
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