ERIC Number: ED354097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Integration from the Student Perspective: Constructing Meaning in Science. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 63.
Roth, Kathleen J.; And Others
As part of a larger examination of student perspectives in science, social studies and communication arts, this report summarizes yearlong classroom observations and end-of-year interviews of fifth-grade students to examine ways in which students integrated their knowledge in meaningful ways. Teacher-researchers involved in the overall project included two fifth-grade teachers, one third-grade teacher, two university professors, and three doctoral students in teacher education. Case studies of two fifth-grade students were used to examine multiple ways in which students integrated knowledge within science and across subject matter areas. The report highlights ways in which many students connected their study of perspective in social studies to their learning in science and ways in which students connected their exploration of collaboration in a writers' workshop with their science learning. The report also describes three common characteristics in the teaching of science, social studies, and a writers' workshop that help explain what enabled students to make connections within and across subject matter areas: (1) features of the learning community in each subject matter; (2) epistemological orientations of the teachers in each subject matter; and (3) curricular centrality of students' personal lives and experiences in the three subject matters. Excerpts from student interviews and an appendix of the timeline of key concepts taught concurrently in each subject matter are included. (MM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Classroom Research, Cognitive Development, Collaborative Writing, Elementary School Students, Grade 5, Integrated Activities, Integrated Curriculum, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Learning Activities, Science Education, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Teacher Researchers, Writing Workshops
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($9).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.