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ERIC Number: EJ1048014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1933 8341
Creating Memorable Learning Experiences with Foldables in AP Human Geography
Purcell, Jane
Geography Teacher, v11 n4 p129-134 2014
Many teachers struggle with helping their students simultaneously comprehend and retain the information that they read. These classroom educators have students take notes (copious amounts of notes) that neither produces the intended learning effect nor actively engages the student in the learning process. One way to increase retention is through the use of graphic organizers. However, some of the graphic organizers are limiting in the types and amounts of information that can be included in them. Dinah Zike has written several books and presented in many capacities on what she calls "Foldables" (Figure 1). Foldables are student-created graphic organizers that provide students with a sense of ownership in learning the curriculum in front of them. They are fast-paced, kinesthetic activities that help students organize and retain information in a multitude of creative ways (Zike n.d.). Zike's approach provides for insight regarding the purpose of note taking, the format that should be taken, the relationship of note taking to reading comprehension, and that encouraging creativity can positively influence learning. Foldables can change the way students approached note taking; most enjoy the process, embrace the format, and the learning "sticks." The students learn how to process information discerning concepts from supporting evidence. By making the process creative it forces students to think about the information in a visual manner and then determine the best format for organizing the information. A great deal of metacognition takes place and moves the student from superficial to more in-depth understanding of a concept. Foldables can be used to help students to focus on the most important people, theories/models, and concepts in the Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG) course. They are a powerful way for students to learn and record information on a topic that is in the APHG Course Description (College Board 2013) but not covered well in the primary text.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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