Not only does background knowledge grow in the brains of our students through their experiences,
but the vocabulary words that are stored as a result of such experiences provide avenues
to comprehend the curriculum from the text, as well as lecture and discussion. We can look at the
work of Piaget (1970), who concluded that we organize information in our brains in the form of a
schema, a representation of concepts, ideas, and actions that are related.
Schemata (the plural of schema) are form...
A few years back, I watched a CSPAN2 interview that changed the way I write major papers. The program was Booknotes, and the guest was Pulitzer Prize winner, Taylor Branch. What I like about Booknotes is that they sometimes venture into the author’s office to get a feel for how he or she actually tackles the grimy business of research.
Branch did not disappoint. To research his three-volume biography of Martin Luther King Jr., he made use of a massive Microsoft Accessdatabase. In one ta...