ERIC Number: ED199647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Utilizing Student Research to Enhance Critical Reading/Thinking and Study Skills in the Junior High School.
Frataccia, Enrico V.; Frataccia, Priscilla Kaye
A student project was designed to promote the development of critical reading, critical thinking, and study skills in seventh grade honors students in a developmental reading program. Inherent within the design of the project was the notion that the students would select a topic of interest to research, thereby enhancing student motivation and their readiness to learn. During the second and fourth six-week grading periods of an academic school year, the students engaged in research units developed by their developmental reading teacher and a university professor. The research units, covering the entire six weeks of each grading period, consisted of seven steps and associated tasks that students were required to finish in sequence in order to complete the entire unit. The skills emphasized were gathering information, notetaking, outlining, organization, analysis of information, drawing conclusions, making judgments, predicting outcomes, and distinguishing between fact and opinion. In addition, converting outlines to paragraph form required teacher-directed review of formal writing skills. The projects received positive feedback from both the students and the educators who were shown the projects. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (9th, San Antonio, TX, January 29-31, 1981).