ERIC Number: ED335691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
A Peer Group Dependency Approach To Improve Tenth Grade Research Writing Experiences.
Harrington, Elaine L.
A practicum addressed the failure of 85% of tenth-graders in an urban school to complete the research paper required by the Palm Beach County (Florida) curriculum. The target population consisted of 28 students from each of two classes. The practicum's three main objectives were to: (1) encourage students to work in teams and utilize peer evaluation techniques to support one another in proofreading, sharing resources, and gleaning information; (2) complete the research paper in compliance with specific curricular standards and the students' own calendar design; and (3) increase the percentage of students who successfully completed a research paper. An entire 9-week period was devoted to the research paper, giving two classes of tenth-grade students instruction in writing, researching, time management, and how to use the media center. A manual of step-by-step instruction and guidance was developed. Students were allowed to work on the manual in groups and interact in an active learning experience. All three objectives were reached successfully, and, in some cases, went beyond expectations. Results suggest that the key to the success of the implementation was student involvement. (Two tables of data are included; 23 references and 8 appendixes--containing information about the unified curriculum as well as practicum worksheets and materials--are attached.) (SR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.