Making the Implicit Explicit

Academics are well practiced in carrying out scholarly research, reading, and writing and easily control the sequencing and coordination of the processes involved as they work. In order to reach a similar level of sophistication, students need opportunities to recognize and practice the component skills in a more focused fashion.

SPARK provides a means to make explicit several of the tasks and skills implicit in the work of experienced academics.

spark Explore the sections below to see examples of some of the complex skills instructors often take for granted in their own work and which might be unpacked, made more explicit, and identified as possibilities for student exercises and practice.