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The Art of Educating With V diagrams


reviewed by Mauri Ahlberg — 2006

coverTitle: The Art of Educating With V diagrams
Author(s): D. Bob Gowin and Marino C. Alvarez
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521604141, Pages: 231, Year: 2005
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This book is a lovely surprise. Since the 1980s, Gowin has not published anything about V diagrams. For over 20 years my research group has found the V to be very empowering as a metacognitive tool. As such, I have tried to improve and apply it both in my teaching and research since 1984. Gowin and Alvarez  have stuck to the original version of the V that Gowin (1981) presented. For decades there has been relatively little writing and research on “V diagrams.” I have met many teachers and educational researchers who have never heard about V diagrams. That is why it is good to remind readers that “the V diagram was developed as a way to aid in the understanding of meaningful relationships among events, processes, or objects” (p. 35). Furthermore, “The V diagram serves three purposes: (1) planning a research project, (2) analyzing a research article or document, and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 8, 2006, p. 1643-1646
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12237, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 1:09:06 AM

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  • Mauri Ahlberg
    University of Helsinki, Finland
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    MAURI ĹHLBERG is Full Professor of Education at University of Helsinki, Finland. He has used, researched, and developed concept mapping and Vee heuristics over 20 years. From his international research group, tens of Masters’ Theses and several Doctoral Dissertations have been created in which concept maps and Vee heuristics have been used. His primary interests include research methodology, practitioner research, design experiments, collaborative knowledge building, learning theories and tools, Continual Quality Improvement, Biology Education, and Education for Sustainable Development. Homepage: http://www.helsinki.fi/people/mauri.ahlberg.
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