ERIC Number: ED326892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-21
Reference Count: N/A
Transportation Transformation: A Writing Project for At-Risk Students.
Snow, Joyce Stegemann
A practicum involved the creation of an instructional unit that used a microcomputer and a graphic writing program, Transportation Transformation, to motivate at-risk learners to write (focusing on creative stories) as well as to increase their writing. The target population consisted of fourth graders who were attending Birch Lane Elementary School, Massapequa, New York. The practicum designer created a unit of instruction based on the utilization of the motivating program Transportation Transformation integrated with the reinforcement of a variety of writing skills. The main tasks of the instructional unit involved loading the program, creating a contraption (transportation vehicle), writing a transportation tale, editing the transportation tales, and exiting the program. Implementation of the unit involved a combination of class activity and individual work. Data were collected throughout this stage for utilization in the summative evaluation. All learners thoroughly enjoyed utilizing the software. Truly creative contraptions were constructed where learners far exceeded the minimum performance necessary for completion of the instructional goal. (Fifteen tables of data are included; 25 references, a list of tasks, project planning, checklists, an attitude questionnaire, sample contraptions, a story chart, and sample print sizes are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Instructional Systems Design; New York (Long Island); Writing Development
Note: M.S. Practicum, New York Institute of Technology.