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ERIC Number: ED361742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 123
Abstractor: N/A
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Developing a Sequential, Relevant Approach to Research Writing for High School Juniors and Seniors.
Kirkland, Nancy C.
A practicum was developed to restructure 11th and 12th grade research modules, using a team planning approach to design and implement a sequential, developmental research program that would be relevant to the personal and academic goals of the students and produce high quality research products. This approach embedded the process of inquiry into the total English curriculum and emphasized to the students the essential nature of research to successful living. Objectives for grade levels were determined and media center access was maximized through the cooperation and collaboration of the school media specialists. Central to the successful progress of the program was the collecting and sharing of classroom activities and strategies designed to enhance student ownership of research findings and to augment fluency and voice in reporting. Tutorials were developed to assist students in utilizing available technology, not only for the searching stage, but also for the publishing of the reports. To address relevancy and application issues, teachers allowed more student choice in selecting life-related topics, encouraged the use of personal interviews and surveys, matched students with adult writing partners, and shared research findings with interested members of the community. The overall practicum outcome was positive. Eight of the 10 groups surveyed either met or exceeded the projected goals. Most students registered dramatic increases in their perceived ability to execute the research process and in their perceived confidence to publish a research report. (Thirty figures are included and six appendixes, including teacher and student surveys, are attached. Contains 30 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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