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Working with Terminology Study Guides

Perhaps the most boring and trying task in traditional education is memorizing definitions for terminology that is introduced in a new reading assignment. The online ancillaries provided with many of today's textbooks include flashcards that are intended to provide some direction to the memorization process. The problem with this perspective on terminology is that little actual learning takes place, and the definitions of most of the terms are forgotten shortly after the quizzes and exams are completed.

At  Free-Ed.Net, lists of terms and definitions are viewed as starting points for learning opportunities (and not as items to be simply memorized for upcoming exams). Here is an example of a couple of terms and definitions from a sociology textbook:

 A term coined by Robert N. Butler to refer to prejudice and discrimination against the elderly.

Agrarian society
The most technologically advanced form of preindustrial society. Members are primarily engaged in the production of food but increase their crop yield through such innovations as the plow.

Rather than regarding those glossary items as something to be memorized, try considering them as starting points for your own research. Ageism. Okay, that's about prejudice against the elderly. But who in the world is Robert N. Butler that his name should be included here? By the time you spend a half hour doing some Internet research for ageism and Robert N. Butler, you will come away knowing more about the subject than students who are locked into a  classroom routine. And what about Agrarian society? If you have any real interest in the subject, your first Internet searches will  be only the beginning of an adventure of undetermined  extent.



David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015