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ERIC Number: EJ927219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-2166-160X
A Visual Approach: Teaching Synthesis
McGregor, Joy
School Library Monthly, v27 n8 p5-7 May-Jun 2011
Humans synthesize whenever they see links between ideas they have gleaned from other sources. Human brains operate by seeing patterns and trying to make linkages. As students learn about a topic through creating a text-based presentation, they might have varying conceptual understandings of how they can combine their ideas with the information they have found. Consequently, they need to understand the concept of synthesis and be able to apply that understanding to their writing at the same time that they are developing a conceptual understanding of the content of their writing. Synthesis is not easy to do, nor is it easy to teach. It is, however, a natural process in which human brains engage when people are interacting with a topic. In this article, the author presents a visual approach to the teaching of synthesis. She provides visuals that were generated as part of a data analysis scheme during a research study, with no expectation that they could be used in teaching. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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