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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 1 Diagrams

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 1 Diagrams Jules Pretty, Ruth Alsop, Ueli Scheuermeier and Robert Leurs · Rural people understand, and can Diagrams: General theory and contribute to, diagrams. practice · Illiterate people can understand diagrams. What is a diagram? · Sometimes a humbling experience when A diagram is any simple, schematic device diagrams are shown to rural people and are which presents information in a readily found to require many changes. understandable form. · Drawing diagrams is fun. Which diagrams? There are many types of useful diagrams, Where and when to draw including maps, transects, seasonal calendars, historical profiles, decision trees, activity · In the field: best on the ground or on profiles, venn diagrams, histograms, graphs, large pieces of so that bar diagrams, decision trees etc. the diagram is shared with all; second best in Why use diagrams? notebook, because information is private. · Diagrams can capture and present · In the workshop: on large pieces of paper information which would be less precise, or on overhead less clear, and much less succinct if transparencies. expressed in words. How to draw · Diagrams are shared information which can be checked, discussed and amended, thus · Drawing diagrams ...

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