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Literate people have the ability to develop ideas in an organized and systematic way. They know how to elaborate their ideas so that that they can be presented clearly and convincingly to someone who does not already understand them.

The focus for this skill is the ability to organize and categorize complex ideas, particularly when they must be communicated without supporting context or prior understanding. It is the skill of making the structure of ideas explicit to oneself and thus potentially to others. Techniques such as concept maps and outlines represent one important class of strategies intended to support effective conceptualization, though a variety of other strategies and techniques are available to those who have achieved high performance levels in this skill. See the second column in the table of conceptual strategies for details.

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