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ERIC Number: EJ906069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1079-0195
Note Launchers: Promoting Active Reading of Mathematics Textbooks
Helms, Josh W.; Helms, Kimberly Turner
Journal of College Reading and Learning, v41 n1 p109-119 Fall 2010
Note launchers, an instructor-designed reading guide, model how to select, decide, and focus upon what textbook material is important to learn. Reading guides are specially-designed study aids that can steer students through difficult parts of assigned readings (Bean, 1996) while encouraging advance preparation. As an example of a reading guide, note launchers can be a useful technique for facilitating mathematics textbook comprehension and getting students to read carefully and critically. In this study, although students sometimes grumbled about the amount of extra effort at the outset, many of them eventually recognized that note launchers make them more efficient studiers. At the very minimum, note launchers compel students to stay active during the reading process. Moreover, they provide students a framework for the kind of information--objectives, fundamental concepts, vocabulary, examples--they should seek in their textbooks, a skill that students can transfer to reading assignments in other courses. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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