Graphic organizers for grade VIII science students

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Luyten, David D.
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 1998
This paper is part of a series of classroom investigations into the effectiveness of graphic organizers in a junior high school setting. There were two main purposes for this study. The first purpose was to determine if the structure and design of the organizers were consistent. The second was to learn how students used graphic organizers as a review tool. Grade 8 students in a traditional junior high school were taught to creatively display key information in a graphic organizer. Organizers for the purpose of this study were considered to be a collection or summary of information presented in symbolic, pictorial and written form with supporting data radiating from the main idea. Students used these organizers as a review tool during their creation, as a focus for classroom discussion and as a reference immediately before the unit exam. This procedure was continued for the next three units and formed the basic source of data and artifacts for this study. The information gathering culminated with the students completing a questionnaire and discussing their strategies and insights during an interview. The resulting data addresses a number of educational aspects of graphic organizers. The data was analyzed to clarify the relationships between student achievement levels, strategies, and attitudes with the success and benefits of the mind maps. The consistency of the structure and design of the orgranizers were also assessed and were found to be aligned with the students' brain processing.
vi, 56 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. --
Learning -- Graphic methods , Association of ideas -- Graphic methods , Study skills , Science -- Study and teaching (Secondary)