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Recommended Citation: Frank, R I.  A Critical Learning Skill.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2008, v 25 (Phoenix): §2744. ISSN: 1542-7382.

A Critical Learning Skill

Refereed6 pages
Ronald I. Frank    [a1] [a2]
IS Department
Pace University    [u1] [u2]
Pleasantville, New York, USA    [c1] [c2]

This is a "heads-up" about an important (critical) learning skill we all need to learn about, teach, and develop. The skill is to be able to distinguish cognate word meanings. Technical terms derived from ordinary English have specific and different meanings from their ordinary antecedents. First, students have to be explicitly made aware of this phenomenon. Second, special attention has to be applied to isolating technical meanings when and wherever they occur. Third, repetition of the cognate meaning is the key to instilling the new meaning in the students' vocabulary. We give some examples of terms having this characteristic, followed by classroom experience and an final summary.

Keywords: Learning Skills, Pedagogy, Semantics

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