1. to separate (a material or abstract entity) into constituent parts or elements; determine the elements or essential features of (opposed to synthesize): to analyze an argument. 2. to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of: to analyze a poem. 3. to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc. (Webster's. p 74).
break down, break up, dissect; differentiate, make a distinction, sharpen or refine a distinction; subdivide; catalog, list, file; assay, titrate; reduce to elements, resolve (Chapman, 1977)
Analyzing Used to show the interaction of a complex event (an election, a nuclear explosion) or complex phenomenon (juvenile delinquency, learning disabilities). Key frame questions: What are the factors that cause X? How do they interrelate? Are the factors that cause X the same as those that cause X to persist? (NCREL, 1988) See: Web, CerebralChart, Network Tree, Spider Map, & Problem/Solution Outline
Analyzing Used to describe a central idea: a thing (a geographic region), process (meiosis), concept (altruism), or proposition with support (experimental drugs should be available to AIDS victims). Key frame questions: What is the central idea? What are its attributes? What are its functions? (NCREL, 1988) See: Web, CerebralChart, Network Tree, & Fishbone Map
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