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LAT 26 Synthesis paper
Complexity involved in:
Preparation Moderate 237-242
In-class implementation High
Analysis High
Brief Description"Instead of responding to or reviewing a single reading assignment, students consider several readings together, work to draw commonalities from them, and then write about readings in a formal paper."

 Purpose"The Synthesis Paper requires that students move beyond simple summary to a more complex representation of the complexity of issues and ideas from a variety of course readings. This LAT is particularly useful to help students think more critically about what they are reading, and it is useful when individual readings oversimplify a topic or issue. Synthesis requires students to understand connections between different things, such as ideas, experiences, different subject matter, what they learn in class and what they see in the real world. It challenges them to identify parts and then put them together to form a coherent or unique new whole." — Learning Assessment Techniques, Barkley, EF and Major, CH, 2016.

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