ERIC Number: ED399257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Visual Tools for Constructing Knowledge.
The brain works by making patterns, and this process can be visualized through a medium called visual tools. The book discusses three types of visual tools: brainstorming webs, task-specific organizers, and thinking-process maps. Sample lessons, assessments, and descriptions of visual tools in action are included. Emphasis is placed on the interdisciplinary nature of making patterns, as well as the collaborative construction of knowledge, as teachers and students create their own tools and use computer software programs as guides to information management. Visual tools are discussed within the framework of the following themes: (1) constructivism as a paradigm for learning; (2) the types, uses, and successes of visual tools; and (3) a vision of integrating teaching, learning, and assessing through the use of visual tools. Numerous figures represent graphically the concepts discussed in the narrative. (Contains 98 references and a list of selected resources for visual tools.) (MAH)
Descriptors: Brainstorming, Constructivism (Learning), Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Information Processing, Learning Strategies, Metacognition, Models, Pattern Recognition, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Visualization
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1250 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1453 ($18.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Alexandria, VA.