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ERIC Number: ED375091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 22
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Making Connections: An In-Depth Concept Teaching Technique.
Sanchez, Adolfo; Lopez, Luz E.
"Making connections" is an analytic tool that promotes the search of relationships between a concept to be taught and the elements that may affect its meaning. The ability to make connections prepares students to tackle new information, to discover its basic organization, and to reduce its complexities. It adds meaning to knowledge, aids in retention, and eases transfer. Assumptions in the use of "making connections" as an instructional technique deal with the issues of prior knowledge, discovery learning, constructivism, schema theory, the dynamic nature of knowledge, creative thinking, and questioning techniques. The instructional technique of "making connections" outlines 14 elements, to focus the learner on examining a specific aspect of the concept under study and carefully looking for all possible relationships. The 14 elements include: substance, purpose, concreteness, causes, effects, relationships, variability, components, evolution, limits, similarities and differences, physical sensations, affective elements, and visual representation. Curriculum implications are listed. Two worksheets for examining the 14 elements of a concept are appended, one being a concrete version and the other an abstract version. (Contains 18 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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