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adaptation. In social studies, you could relate lessons on the bill of rights to an
advance organizer that describes the tension that often exists between the rights
of the individual and the rights of society. For example, what are the limits on
both free expression and censorship?
Comparative advance organizers present similar or related ideas to the
ideas you are going to teach. The purpose is to help students compare and contrast
the new ideas with other similar ideas in their existing knowledge. If we continue
our family tree analogy, brothers and sisters are related, but they are likely to be
similar and different from each other in important ways. Both the similarities and
differences are important for understanding these siblings. By analogy, the 22 comparative advance organizer helps students focus on the similarities and
differences between related ideas. For example, Ausubel and Youssef (1963)
improved learners’ retention of information contained in a reading passage about
Buddhism by having students read in adv...
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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08