(If you came to this page first, it will make more sense if you go back to the classroom demonstrations of information processing before reading this.)

Through discussion, point out analogies between the classroom demonstrations of information processing and the experiences of children and youth in K-12 classrooms.
  1. Whatever their age, students have the same problems with maintaining attention, just as your university students had in the attention demonstration described above.
  2. Whatever students' age, a lot of new knowledge may seem as random or meaningless as the string of digits in the short-term memory demonstration.
  3. Whatever students' age, organizing concepts add meaning to content and thus aid retention--just has they did in the long-term memory demonstration described above.
  4. But organizers often have to be provided by someone more experienced and knowledgeable that the students--i.e. provided by the teacher. Organizing ideas may sometimes be discovered by students' own efforts, but not necessarily.

- Seifert Seifert Nov 8, 2010

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