Hey there once again. So far all the flowcharts and DFD I have show have either been basic or ones only used by business, and that of course is their most recognised functions. But there are alternative and significant uses for them as well. I feel that because we have past the theory and how make and use flowcharts and DFDs and that’s where this blog comes in.I’ve decided to make this blog relevant to us students by make the topic about learning and understanding which in turn can help improve our exam performance.
You don’t necessarily need to these flowcharts typed on a computer but you might prefer seeing your input written. The advantage of it being typed is that it has a cleared text and your more certain that it will all fit on one page.
Flow charts can display students thinking and allow them to reflect how what is important of what they learned. As cited in Verena Watson (2007) article about the “The National Reading Panel” told that using graphic organisers is an effective strategie for reading comprehension.
Verana Watson (2007) tells the benefits of using flow charts for understanding
• Assist in the comprending “Initiating events and subsequent events”, being able to rate which comes first and last
• Being able to order events and processes
• Connect events and ideas in a more coherent fashion
• Appreciate how a goal ends and how to make better conclusions
So the next time when your trying to learn and fully understand a text try this method:
1. Read the text once
2. Make a rough flowchart
3. repeat the steps until you make a flow chart you are satisfied with
Keep in mind for each symbol you should one word in the inside it then have logic flow arrows coming out to perhaps a shorter summary of information instead of rewriting the entire text. You can use the logic arrow to also show progression of ideas and show the links. So the oval can show the first part of the text, the logic flow can connects them, the process contain basic info of what performed and the decision diamond can show where you have to make decision on what you should be deciding when answering a question
Well I hope you find this blog of some use, stayed tuned for the final part soon
National Reading Panel,2000. Teaching Children to read: An evidence-based assessment on the scientific research on reading for reading instructions.