ERIC Number: ED227459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Improving Comprehension through the Use of Networking.
Camperell, Kay; Smith, Lawrence L.
Networking or mapping strategies can be used to help secondary school students in remedial reading programs identify and understand ideas and relationships among ideas encountered in their content area textbooks. Essentially, networking and mapping are note taking procedures that require students to represent ideas from texts in some sort of symbolic or graphic diagram. These procedures are like outlining in that they ask students to identify main ideas and supporting details, but they differ from outlining in that they force students to organize and reorganize the ideas abstracted from reading and then to depict them as clusters of related concepts using lines and arrows to show the relationships. Researchers have suggested that creating these diagrams engages students in learning strategies that are more effective than those involved in outlining because developing diagrams forces them to attend to and process relationships among all of the ideas in a passage, rather than just the superordinate and subordinate relations called for in outlining. There is evidence that remedial students find networking and mapping strategies difficult to master. However, with perseverance, teachers can help students use the strategies to become more skilled readers and more proficient learners in their content area classes. (FL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mapping; Networking; Reading Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (8th, Biloxi, MS, November 4-6, 1983).