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ERIC Number: ED262385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep
Pages: 14
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Webbing: An Outlining Strategy.
Danielson, Kathy Everts
A study was conducted to determine how effective webbing--schematic representation of main ideas and supporting details--would be in helping students build bridges between their reading of a text and outlining the material in it. Subjects were 21 sixth grade students, who had been working on outlining and were familiar with its purpose and form. Twelve of the students worked with a fictional story, while the other nine worked with a nonfictional selection. In each of these conditions, subjects were divided into three groups. After hearing the passage read aloud, one group completed a partially complete outline of the story with no discussion of the content; one group was asked a series of oral questions to elicit the main ideas and supporting details before completing the outline; and one group was shown an outline web, then asked the same questions as the second group before completing the outline. The results showed that in both the fiction and nonfiction conditions, the group that completed the outline after discussion and after viewing the webbing did so considerably more accurately and in less time than did the other two groups. Besides webbing, other alternatives to the normal outline form can provide students with practice in organizing the material read in texts; these include pictorial, topical, charting and predication outlines. (Examples of these alternative techniques are included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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