ERIC Number: ED477167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Fourteen Connections, or How To Study Everything. Fastback 502.
Chuska, Kenneth R.
Every year, students encounter the same topics. While they may successfully learn the topics each year, there is not enough attention to the process of learning how to learn. Without knowing how to learn, students will find it difficult to transfer what they have learned to new but similar learning tasks. This fastback identifies the areas that "connect" subjects and grades, providing resources and strategies to help students become independent learners. It discusses 14 connections, which consider the repetition of topics in education and connect the topics within and across grades, subjects, and subtopics. The 14 connections are: actions, event, idea, issue, object, other living things, people, person, place, problem, process, situation, system, and theme. The fastbacks five sections include: "Introduction"; "Fourteen Connections" (general strategies and schematics); "Using Connections" (introducing the process, distinguishing between specific and general knowledge, expanding general knowledge, and extending the lesson); and "Conclusion" (by recognizing the commonalities in learning, students will come to understand that what they already have learned will help them to learn new things). An appendix includes lists of the specific questions that will guide learning in each of the 14 connections. It also offers lists of "characteristics" and "types" for each connection. (SM)
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Prior Learning, Transfer of Training
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