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Tutor profile: Lesley C.

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Lesley C.
Librarian for 16 years
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Subject: Library and Information Science

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I have to write a research paper about the African American civil rights movement in the U.S. and the people associated with it. Where should I start to find information?

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Answer:

It sounds like you are just starting out on the paper. A good place to start for information about the African American civil rights movement would be an encyclopedia that specifically addresses this topic. A resource like this will not only give you information on the civil rights movement, it will include a bibliography of additional resources and topics that you can use to expand on your topic. Let's take a look at this Social Science and History resource and use some search terms to locate information that will get you started.

Subject: Literature

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How can I analyze the characterization in a novel?

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Characterization means how the characters in a novel are described. Think of a character in the book. Now, think about details about that character. What do you know about the character's physical appearance? How does the character speak? How did this character change from the beginning of the book to the end? Now, think of another character in the book. How did these two characters interact with each other and act towards each other? To complete a full character analysis, think about each character and think about all the ways you can describe them, such as physically, behaviorally, and socially.

Subject: Education

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I have read about the Constructivist theory in Education but I don't really understand how it could be used in a classroom. What are some ways that teachers could use Constructivist principles with students of any age?

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Lesley C.
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Thanks for asking! Sometimes theories seem hard to apply to our daily work and activities. Think of Constructivism as similar to the word 'construct', as in to build something. The Constructivist theory states that learners 'construct' or make their own knowledge as they engage in activities, and then they combine this new knowledge into what they already know. This theory is what tells us that learners learn best when they are engaged in learning instead of just sitting and hearing a lecture. The key to this theory is that learners create their own knowledge to truly learn.

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