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Ch 29: MTEL Reading Specialist: Information Processing

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You may have studied topics such as the steps involved in information processing and types of information transfers a while back, but this chapter's video lessons and quizzes will help jog your memory of topics related to information processing for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Information Processing - Chapter Summary

Refresh your memory of information processing topics like cognitive thinking and creativity and other similar subjects by setting your eyes on the 5-10 minute video lessons in this chapter. You can measure your memory of them by answering the multiple-choice quizzes at the end of the lessons. These will help you get ready for answering questions that contain similar content found on the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. This chapter entails the topics mentioned above, as well as these:

  • Cognitive perspective involved in learning
  • Different kinds of schemata and information transfer
  • Distinction between top-down and bottom-down processing
  • Routine, non-routine, and other types of problems along with strategies for solving them

Take a look at the lesson transcripts for vocabulary words and themes. Use the links located below the video lessons to travel to different parts of them. If you need additional practice after taking the quizzes, take the final and chapter exams.

7 Lessons in Chapter 29: MTEL Reading Specialist: Information Processing
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Cognitive Perspective of Learning & Information Processing

1. Cognitive Perspective of Learning & Information Processing

When you see or hear something in your environment, how does your brain recognize what you are seeing or hearing? This lesson introduces the cognitive perspective in psychology, including the difference between sensation and perception. We'll also discuss the famous Gestalt principles of perception that you do automatically every day but didn't necessarily know there were names for what your brain was doing.

Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

2. Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

How does your brain remember information and recall it later? In this lesson, you'll look at the steps your brain takes as it processes data from short-term memory and stores it as long-term memory.

Knowledge Organization: Schemata and Scripts

3. Knowledge Organization: Schemata and Scripts

How does your mind organize the world? When you see a new animal, can you easily tell if it's a bird, mammal or fish? Categories and mental structures, such as types of animals, are called schemata. This lesson discusses different types of schemata and why they are important.

Types of Information Transfer

4. Types of Information Transfer

When you acquire one skill, does that ability help or hurt your ability to learn other skills? For example, learning to play the guitar might help you learn to play the banjo, but it probably doesn't affect your ability to learn the geography of Africa. This lesson focuses on transfer of information, including positive, negative and zero transfer, as well as the difference between high-road and low-road transfer of information.

Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

5. Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

Are you a big-picture person or do you get caught up in the details? Explore two ways that you can use your cognitive resources to focus your attention. This lesson provides both the details and the big picture for top-down and bottom-up processing.

Cognitive Thinking: Creativity, Brainstorming and Convergent & Divergent Thinking

6. Cognitive Thinking: Creativity, Brainstorming and Convergent & Divergent Thinking

Creativity is useful in almost any situation, but how is creativity defined? This lesson covers the definition of creativity and discusses how creativity requires several different types of thinking, including divergent thinking and synthetic, analytic, and practical intelligence. This lesson also defines and describes brainstorming.

Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

7. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.

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