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Skills Versus Strategies

The terms skills and strategies represent two distinct concepts. However, these words are potentially confused as possessing interchangeable meanings. Skills refer to a set of tools for automatic knowledge required to achieve a goal or complete a task. Conversely, strategies involve participation in an interactive process of problem solving, which is not static but context and situationally specific. Although inextricably related, skills and strategies are distinctive in their management by the learner and their functions in various developmental and learning processes. Consequently, it is imperative that skills and strategies be adequately clarified and differentiated for purposes of approaching a theoretical and practical framework within the disciplines of communication, communication disorders, and education. More specifically, though applicable to learning processes in general, the difference between the ...

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