ERIC Number: ED255897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Will the Addition of Study Skills to the Teaching of Social Studies Improve the Learning of Social Studies Content?
Hangge, Richard Thomas
To determine whether the addition of study skills in the teaching of social studies would improve the learning of social studies content, a study was conducted comparing two fifth grade classes in social studies for a period of nine weeks. One fifth grade group of 15 students was the control group and the other fifth grade group of 17 was the experimental group. Both groups studied a unit, "Culture in the United States," from the 1976 edition of "Windows on Our World--The United States" published by Houghton Mifflin. Students in the experimental group began each chapter with an advanced organizer indicating an overall summary of the material contained within the chapter. At the end of the unit, experimental group students were given a programed review and then a publisher-made test to help reinforce vocabulary and general concepts. Students in the control group were instructed as usual, assigned to read each chapter and answer the questions at the end, and given the same publisher-made test as the experimental group. A comparison of the results indicated significantly greater student achievement in the content area with a skill-centered approach. (HOD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Thesis, Kean College of New Jersey. The Performance Test for Unit 3: "Culture in the United States" and student text pages 70-86 from "Windows on Our Word--The United States" (Houghton Mifflin, 1976) have been removed due to copyright restrictions.