ERIC Number: ED382626
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Thematic Organizers as a Tool for Teaching from a Wholetheme Perspective.
Learning in the wholetheme approach is defined as reorganizing one's own intuitive knowledge base, as opposed to storing facts. This presentation discusses several thematic organizers to illustrate their role as a teaching tool in helping learners reorganize their own intuitive knowledge base. Intimately tied to the brain's ground-figure processes is the learner's intuitive knowledge base (IKB). It is possible to create thematic organizers that are particularly suitable for reaching and engaging the IKBs of learners. Two of these are discussed. The first is the wholetheme-piecemeal thematic organizer, a domain launching theme (DLT) organizer that pertains to an entire course as an indefinite source of ideas. A DLT organizer can be a tool for teaching students the role of background knowledge, transfer-appropriateness, and complex problem solving. A second DLT organizer is exemplified by a wholetheme definition of educational psychology that serves as a tool for organizing the student's own IKB into an understanding of what educational psychology is about. A pilot study in an undergraduate class has supported the use of these thematic verbal organizers. Five tables and two figures illustrate the discussion. (Contains 37 references.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Thematic Organizers; Wholetheme Approach
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 9-11, 1994).