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ERIC Number: ED151677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-11
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Teaching Learning Strategies.
Norman, Donald A.
This paper describes an experimental course in which the author taught students to improve their learning skills. It is a first step toward constructing a systematic body of knowledge about learning strategies. The course covered four topics, chosen because they were complex enough to require several weeks to make progress, but simple enough that some measurable level of skill would indeed be acquired. Topics were playing the soprano recorder; computer programing; playing bridge; and the history of the American Civil War. In addition to describing the course, the author discusses some of the learning principles he teaches. He emphasizes the need to instruct students about their own mental processes, including short-term memory limitations and the need to cluster or "chunk" related concepts. He also argues that there are at least three modes of learning: accretion, restructuring, and tuning. These concepts can be used to help students analyze their own learning. (Author/BP)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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Sponsor: Advanced Research Projects Agency (DOD), Washington, DC.; Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A