ERIC Number: ED257416
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Will the Integration of Media Projects into an Existing Language Arts Curriculum Affect Year-End Achievement? A Research Study.
Kasakow, Nancy; McClurg, Pat
This study investigated the effect of the integration of media projects into an existing language arts curriculum on the year-end achievement of fifth and sixth grade students at the University of Wyoming laboratory school. During their communication arts block of language arts, reading, and literature, each student completed a minimum of four projects involving slide tape, video, filmstrip, and super eight film. Production work groups of one to eight students planned their productions and wrote the accompanying scripts. Achievement for both the experimental and the control groups was measured by the Metropolitan Achievement Test (1978 edition). The experimental group showed a significant increase in both reading and language arts achievement test scores; however, only the medium reading achievement experimental group showed a statistically significant increase in reading scores. The added time required for the media projects did not require the elimination of existing objectives. The use of media projects increased student interest and motivation as observed by the teachers involved, and reluctant learners became involved in language activities, especially reading, writing, and speaking. It was concluded that students gained valuable technical knowledge about media and greater understanding of the communications process. Five references are listed. (LMM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (2nd, Jackson Hole, WY, October 4-6, 1984).