KU Center for Research on Learning

KU Center for Research on Learning

Techniques for mediating content area learning: Issues and research


Ellis, E.S., & Lenz, B.K. (1990). Techniques for mediating content area learning: Issues and research. Focus on Exceptional Children, 22(9), 1-16.

Topic: Content EnhancementTopic: Learning Strategies
Subcategory: Big Picture
Summary: Five clear instructional techniques for maximizing the acquisition of specific content-area knowledge are discussed (a) adjusting the curriculum so students do not have to learn as much; (b) selecting textbooks that are conducive to learning; (c) enhancing content through the use of study guides, graphics, and mnemonics; (d) using audio recordings of text material and computer-assisted instruction; and (e) promoting the use of appropriate cognitive and metacognitive strategies during direct instruction of content-area subject matter.


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