ERIC Number: ED192820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Using Analogies to Develop Conceptual Abilities.
Because analogies are such powerful tools for communicating they should be exploited more consciously for instructional purposes. Unfortunately, analogies as a topic of investigation in the school curriculum tend to surface only as a subheading within a figurative language lesson in English class or as a test item on the SAT, MAT, or GRE. Analogy exercises can be used in a wide variety of other teaching situations. A student might be asked, for example, to think up an analogy for feudalism, prejudice, photosynthesis, or organizational behavior. Converting understandings of different subject matter concepts and processes and competing philosophies within a field into analogies can help students to better grapple with them and concretize their thinking. Also, analogies can provide teachers with a very effective, though perhaps not foolproof, way of gauging how information is being understood by a student. A bibliography and two exercises--one on teaching and the other on leadership analogies--are attached. (Author/LLS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Denver, CO, April 1980).