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Intelligent Answers => The Debating Lounge and Speakers' Corner => Topic started by: Duffield1 on 17 January, 2013, 07:34:04 PM

Title: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: Duffield1 on 17 January, 2013, 07:34:04 PM
My daughter gets at least one word search to do each week for homework, and I think it is just a waste of time - she learns nothing, it just occupies her for half an hour.  What do you think - worthwhile or waste of time?
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: antonymous on 17 January, 2013, 08:04:25 PM
At first thought I was in agreement with you re. a waste of time - BUT- on second thoughts the exercise of recognising word formations is probably a useful one. So many adults I know are hopeless at spelling, and this really stems from not recognising valid or correct groups of letters.
Dyslexia is rampant in this country based on my experiences and this little diversion for your daughter can do no harm - and probably good.
IMHO

Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: tecspec on 18 January, 2013, 10:00:22 AM
I saw your rant about this on FB yesterday. I have to agree that for a geography lesson it is a waste of time. Much better, as you suggested, would be for her to find the towns on a map.
But as Ant says, completing the wordsearches will increase her knowledge of word patterns.

IMHO - schools rely far too much on children educating themselves. I say bring back the teacher at the front and children concentrating on what is being taught.
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: Arellia on 22 January, 2013, 06:50:11 AM
Saw your message about this on FB too, and personally I think it has to do with the subject matter. While it might help spelling etc, it may be used more for a language class rather than for science or geography or anything else where a word search doesn't add anything to the knowledge of the subject matter.
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: imfeduptoo on 23 January, 2013, 10:14:01 AM
Well, actually, I think word searches are useful for any subject.
They help to develop visual perception, scanning techniques and the skill of looking for things in an ordered and systematic way.
In subjects other than English, they can remind children of words/places/people that they may have forgotten and they are also a useful way to pick up on undiagnosed dyslexia.
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: Arellia on 24 January, 2013, 02:52:18 AM
Well, actually, I think word searches are useful for any subject.
They help to develop visual perception, scanning techniques and the skill of looking for things in an ordered and systematic way.
In subjects other than English, they can remind children of words/places/people that they may have forgotten and they are also a useful way to pick up on undiagnosed dyslexia.

While it is true it is useful for different things as you mentioned I don't think it helps in teaching a subject. For example looking for words like "division" "multiplication" "addition" etc is not going to teach a child maths. Similarly looking for countries in a word search will teach them nothing about where they are located or anything about that country - just that it exists. I mean doing the same thing on a world map is still going to teach them the words and places + give them the additional knowledge of geography. When there are so many other interesting types of exercises to do for these kind of subjects I don't see the value of a word search in that context.
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: seacommander on 24 January, 2013, 09:08:52 AM
Just to add my view on this one; anything that has the potential to exercise the brain, vision and indeed imagination, is IMO valuable. Apart from maybe discovering new words, on an individual basis, playing word searches with a partner - something I did some years ago - can be great fun and also demonstrate the values of cooperative working.
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: w on 02 May, 2017, 06:51:13 PM
As a principal- word searches are horrible.  They offer little, if anything- and there are dozens of OTHER assignments which are far superior. "a screwdriver might drive in a nail, but it would be better to use a hammer."

Any teacher that tries to use them in our school will be reprimanded.  Those waifs on this thread defending word searches are rebarbative.
Title: Re: Do word searches have any educational value?
Post by: Hiheels on 03 May, 2017, 02:20:20 PM
Au contraire they are most preposessing.

Anything that folk enjoy that is legal has value, whether that enjoyment is understood or shared by others really doesn't matter, luckily we each don't have to please the other.
Title: Do word searches have any educational value
Post by: AaronDieKs on 09 September, 2017, 11:22:08 PM
Doesn the French system encourage childbirth... no benefits at all for just one. More you have more you get...

I thought University was free? Not that I bothered.