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ERIC Number: ED159702
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Method for Introducing Heuristics.
Rivers, Thomas M.
Students beginning a freshman composition class tend to regard writing as an editing process rather than as a process which encompasses intelligence, character, and humanity. Helping students understand and master heuristic procedures on the way to developing composition skills can be facilitated by the use of the game Twenty Questions to learn the processes of classifying, sequencing, and questioning. As the game is played, students keep track of questions asked and the responses to each. They analyze them, categorize them, check the significance of sequence for each one, and begin to discover that careful questioning can help them arrive at the correct answer. The rules for this game, including group decisions on the questions to be asked, help develop problem-solving ability and promote the use of brain-storming. Students learn, too, the value of intuition beyond mechanical questioning. All of this experience helps promote adequate initiation to most heuristic procedures and helps the students discover the total involvement necessary for communication. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (29th, Denver, Colorado, March 30-April 1, 1978)