A graphic organizer, also known as a knowledge map, concept map, story map, cognitive organizer, advance organizer, or concept diagram is a pedagogical tool that uses visual symbols to express knowledge and concepts through relationships between them. The main purpose of a graphic organizer is to provide a visual aid to facilitate learning and instruction.[dead link]
Types of organizers
Graphic organizers take many forms:
- Relational organizers
- Category/classification organizers
- Sequence organizers
- Compare contrast organizers
- Concept development organizers
- Options and control device organizers
Enhancing students' skills
A review study concluded that using graphic organizers improves student performance in the following areas:
- Students remember information better and can better recall it when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.
- Reading comprehension
- The use of graphic organizers helps improving the reading comprehension of students.
- Student achievement
- Students with and without learning disabilities improve achievement across content areas and grade levels.
- Thinking and learning skills; critical thinking
- When students develop and use a graphic organizer their higher order thinking and critical thinking skills are enhanced.
- "Instructional Strategies". Olc.spsd.sk.ca. 1999-01-01. Archived from the original on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
- Compare: "50 Uses of Graphic Organizers and Rubric". University of Wisconsin Stout: School of Education. University of Wisconsin. Retrieved 2016-08-12.
- Graphic Organizers: A Review of Scientifically Based Research, The Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education at AEL 
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