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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 08:59 am
Good teachers will always be necessary to draw out the knowledge and help students develop the skills needed to think critically about the information they consume.
In this sentence, what does "to consume information" mean?
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engineer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:06 am
@Adverb,
It means "take in" information.
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:08 am
@engineer,
Sorry to bother you with a further question.
Is it a formal usage?
And is "draw out" proper here?
firefly
 
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:19 am
@Adverb,
"to consume information"

It means to take in the information which is taught or presented to them.
engineer
 
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:23 am
@Adverb,
"Consume" is occasionally used this way. You can "consume electricity" (use up) or the more traditional "consume" meaning to eat.

"Draw out" means to get to something that can't or won't naturally come out. You might "draw out" a pet from hiding, but the way it is used here is fine. Here "draw out" means to get the information out from the students' brains to the surface where they can use it. "Coax" is another word you might see in the same context. You might also "draw out" someone in conversation, meaning to get them to open up or confide.
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:24 am
@firefly,
Thank you! And what does"draw out" mean here?
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:25 am
@engineer,
Thanks a million!
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firefly
 
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Reply Tue 27 Apr, 2010 09:45 am
@Adverb,
"draw out"

In the sentence you have, "draw out" means to bring out, or to reveal, or to bring to awareness. A good teacher helps to bring out or reveal what the student already knows or has learned. A good teacher also helps a student to think about a topic, and thinking about something, helps the student to evaluate the information.

Is that clear enough?
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