Thinking at the LOOK Stage
When you go looking, you go exploring, sifting for items of interest and collecting items of interest. You need skills with managing and questioning. The lists of questions below suggest different ways of using the five levels of thinking skills to look, whether looking for problems or looking for solutions.
But the issue of thinking goes beyond learning and using these five levels. The THINK: Guidance section addresses other significant issues.
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As you Look, sift and collect, you need a basic powertool skill, the ability to copy from one application and paste into another, into the window or screen of the application that you are using to collect your ideas, which is generally a word processor file. Whatever your choice, you must have an answer to a basic question:
- How will you store and organize the data you collect?
Going beyond a simple word processor, a more powerful approach that provides superb organizing power is to learn to use an outlining tool such as the one in ClarisWorks. But there other applications for managing not considered here that you can discover. Use application help files, texts, lab assistants and coursework to gain the necessary skills with databases, spreadsheets and more.
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As you Look, sift and collect, you need to apply a range of thinking skills. To further stimulate your thinking, click underlined terms to retrieve explanation and examples of question formats involving that term.
- What findings are so critical that you must rehearse your recall of them?
- What is your analysis of what it is that you sift and collect?
- In the elements of your analysis, what comparisons are of interest?
- What inferences can you make based on your findings so far?
- What values do you bring to the exercise of evaluating your discoveries? What's wrong with this "picture"? Why has a problem not been solved?
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