Research Cycle

 Vol 4|No 6|Summer|2008
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A Synthesis Primer

By Jamie McKenzie

Even though synthesis figures prominently in the curriculum statements of nearly every state, province and nation, it is difficult to find teachers who were afforded the opportunity to learn synthesis (explicitly) as part of their undergraduate or graduate experience.

In this article, Jamie outlines what amounts to an introductory course in synthesis and argues that it should become a major focus for professional development in all schools since synthesis provides the basis for invention, originality and the bettering of just about any aspect of life.


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