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ERIC Number: ED105431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Pages: 9
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Reference Count: 0
"What Did the Author Say?" A Technique for Learning to Organize, Understand and Remember Ideas.
Shrauger, Virginia Moore
Ideas to be understood and to be remembered must be organized. To organize ideas the reader must recognize the relationship of the parts of the ideas, to one another and to the whole. The reader with no orderly set of the ideas presented on the printed page cannot carry on a dialogue with the author and profit from the reading experience. What did the author say (WDAS) is a technique for reading skill development that maintains a systematic group approach while accommodating individual needs. For the learner, WDAS is a way of discovering how to read actively, organize, recall and understand ideas, and effectively write summary, outline, or precise statements of what has been read. For the instructor, WDAS is a teaching technique interwoven with continuous and contiguous diagnosis. In WDAS students are asked to read an article within a designated time limit and then answer in writing a single question: "What did the author say?" Each answer is shared with the other students in the class, who score each answer by consensus using a scale of one to ten. Teaching of specific techniques is determined by the apparent weaknesses. The process is repeated until the WDAS system for study-reading is internalized by the students. (TO)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (8th, Anaheim, California, March 20-22, 1975)