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Connie Varnhagen

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I study a wide range of development and learning issues, all centered around how children, adolescents, and adults develop and use cognitive strategies. I mostly study strategies that relate to written communication skills and using and making sense of the Web.

Spelling? Writing? The Web?; These seem like very different tasks but they all require effective and efficient use of cognitive strategies. A cognitive strategy is a conscious attempt to solve a problem. A child who sounds out the word, dog, as "duh," "ah, " "guh," and writes, dog, is using a phonological strategy. An adolescent who checks out several Web sites on acne to decide on what over-the-counter medication to buy is using a critical appraisal strategy.

Check out the Applied Development and Instructional Technology Lab Web site for more information.

I'm also interested in how instructors integrate teaching and research in undergraduate instruction. If our teaching mission is to train highly qualified personnel, how to we help them develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they need to be informed and active citizens?

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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