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Table 2

The create Strategy Fosters Creativity, Synthesis, and Analytical Thinking

Pedagogical ToolValue for Students
Concept mapping 
  • Explicitly relate old and new knowledge

  • Build metacognitive skills

 
Cartooning 
  • Learn to visualize how data were generated in the lab or in the field

  • Create a context for the data analysis

 
Annotating figures and transforming tables 
  • Write identifiers and clarifying notes directly onto figures

  • Represent data from tables graphically

 
Paraphrasing 
  • Rewrite key sentences of the paper in your own words

  • Learn to cope with jargon of scientific writing

 
Analyzing data using templates 
  • Determine the organization/logic of each experiment

  • Engage closely with data by triangulating between figures, tables, methods, and results

  • Interpret results critically; evaluate the roles of controls

 
Grant panel activity 
  • Practice creativity and synthetic thinking

  • Hone critical skills of analysis

  • Develop communication skills through deliberation and debate of the proposed experiments

 
Surveying paper authors by email 
  • Gain insight into the people behind the papers

  • Recognize that scientists are diverse, much like the students themselves

  • Change negative preconceptions of scientists and research careers

 
Source: Adapted from Sally G. Hoskins, Leslie M. Stevens, and Kristy L. Kenyon, The CREATE Teaching Handbook, unpublished. 
Pedagogical ToolValue for Students
Concept mapping 
  • Explicitly relate old and new knowledge

  • Build metacognitive skills

 
Cartooning 
  • Learn to visualize how data were generated in the lab or in the field

  • Create a context for the data analysis

 
Annotating figures and transforming tables 
  • Write identifiers and clarifying notes directly onto figures

  • Represent data from tables graphically

 
Paraphrasing 
  • Rewrite key sentences of the paper in your own words

  • Learn to cope with jargon of scientific writing

 
Analyzing data using templates 
  • Determine the organization/logic of each experiment

  • Engage closely with data by triangulating between figures, tables, methods, and results

  • Interpret results critically; evaluate the roles of controls

 
Grant panel activity 
  • Practice creativity and synthetic thinking

  • Hone critical skills of analysis

  • Develop communication skills through deliberation and debate of the proposed experiments

 
Surveying paper authors by email 
  • Gain insight into the people behind the papers

  • Recognize that scientists are diverse, much like the students themselves

  • Change negative preconceptions of scientists and research careers

 
Source: Adapted from Sally G. Hoskins, Leslie M. Stevens, and Kristy L. Kenyon, The CREATE Teaching Handbook, unpublished. 
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