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ERIC Number: EJ1069575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0610
Circles, Anchors and Finger Puppets: How Visual Learning in "A" Level History Can Improve Memory and Conceptual Understanding
Garnett, Steve
Teaching History, n118 p28-33 2005
Steve Garnett, a senior teacher in charge of Teaching and Learning at Garibaldi College of Maths and Computing in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, shares some of the techniques that he uses to involve different kinds of learners in his post-16 lessons, and explains how he arrived at these approaches after reflecting on problems in his own early practice. Drawing upon the visual dimension in learning, he makes the case for including as much variety, fun, activity, and interaction in sixth form lessons as in lower level lessons. This article shares teaching strategies that could broadly be described as "visual." As the brain is overwhelmingly a "visual" organ, material that is presented in a visual form is often the most accessible, and provides some of the easiest ways to build, understand, and apply knowledge. Some visual activities represent the best way to see and understand relationships between historical issues and developments over time. The strategies in this article support long-term recall of knowledge as well as promoting a higher level of conceptual analysis.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Russia; United Kingdom (England)
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