ERIC Number: ED350770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
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The Use of Reconstructive Elaborations: Application in Science Instruction.
Nolan, Kathleen A.; Polloway, Edward A.
This study compared the use of traditional methods and the use of reconstructive elaborations on learning specialized science vocabulary, involving two sixth-grade students with emotional disturbances. The reconstructive elaborations were pictures that linked together information to make it more familiar and meaningful, most commonly through the use of an acoustically similar keyword. The study found that teacher-made mnemonic materials can effectively be used to increase the retention of science vocabulary. The study concluded that mnemonic instruction can enhance instructional programs for students with mild disabilities, and that reconstructive elaborations have a positive effect on motivation. (Contains 15 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Grade 6, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Learning Processes, Mild Disabilities, Mnemonics, Pictorial Stimuli, Retention (Psychology), Science Instruction, Student Motivation, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods, Vocabulary
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Reconstructive Approach