Advance Organizer

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ETAP 623 Spring 2013 - Wilde


Author:Claire Miller

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Introduction

An Advance Organizer is an instructional approach to curriculum that provides a thematic, or visual presentation of information. This method derives inspiration and structure from hierarchical concept mapping. Based on the principles of David Ausubel's Subsumption Theory, Advance Organizers are used to assist with the learning and retention of new and/or complex concepts and information by leveraging existing knowledge through activity-based instruction.

Advance Organizers provide scaffolding for the comprehension of increasingly complex ideas and themes on the part of the learner. Progressively integrating new information with pre-exisiting knowledge or concepts can ultimately lead to integrative reconciliation, which is defined by Ausubel as the recognition of interconnections between basic and more complex concepts. Visual and thematic representations of these concepts, when offered in context, can help strengthen and sustain cognitive processes and active reception learning.

In this mini-course, we will look at the basics of the approach, learn about the theories behind it, consider some of the benefits to using the approach and experiment with it in our own instruction.

Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify their own learning style and preferences given a set of learning styles criteria and their differences
  • Define and classify an advanced organizer approach to content design by describing its basic components
  • Identify the theoretical and pedagogical origins of this content design approach.
  • Adopt advanced organizer approaches to content design in their own courses.

Unit One: Learning Styles

Objective:

Learners will be able to identify their own learning style and preferences from among a variety using the activity provided.

Unit Two: Advance Organizer Basics

Objective:

Learners will be able to define and classify an advanced organizer approach to content design by describing its basic components.

Unit Three: Origins and Theory

Objective:

Learners will be able to identify the theoretical and pedagogical origins of this content design approach.

Unit Four: Apply Your Knowledge

Objective:

Learners will be able to adopt advanced organizer approaches to content design in their own courses. Category: Early learning