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ERIC Number: ED082728
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Clustering: A Synergetic Approach to Learning.
Lane, Mervin
The clustering technique of instruction is described. Clustering is defined as "an active group exchange and/or interchange of three or more people that center their attention around a particular objective." There are multiple and expansive cluster shapes that can be used by a class for receiving and offering ideas and information. The most important role and function of the instructor in the cluster concept is one of collation. This involves bringing together what has been interchanged, and tying in the cluster activities and discussions. The procedure is not synergetic unless there is an attempt at synthesis. Examples of material around which clustering can operate effectively, which show that the synergism involved permits more learning to take place, are: questions and question-sheets, problems and topics, papers and handouts, and evaluation and grading. Nineteen guidelines for successful clustering are provided. It is concluded that when clustering is working, the student feels freer, is autonomous, yet cooperatively associated, and more constantly involved and active. Appendixes provide cluster diagrams. (Appendixes 4, 5, 6, and 7 were deleted due to marginal reproducibility.) (DB)
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Sponsor: Santa Barbara City Coll., CA.
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