Improving Learning with Text Work via Highlighters

Posted: 06/05/2015 by broadyesl in professors


Highlighting can be a useful way of interacting with text, but it needs to be done in a thoughtful way.

 Teaching Professor Blog

A creatively designed study analyzed what faculty, seniors, and first-year students underlined in a piece of primary research in biology. The study contained content familiar to the faculty members. The seniors were biology majors taking a capstone course, and the freshmen were first-year biology students. The questions that motivated the study were pretty straightforward: How do students identify what’s important in an article like this? Assuming they don’t tackle the task the same way experts do, what do they do differently, and how can they be taught to read more like the experts?

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