ERIC Number: ED403612
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Picture What Women Do: An Inquiry Learning Example.
A media specialist and third-grade teachers developed a 2-week student-driven, resource-based inquiry unit that offers students a perspective about women's contributions to society, both historical and current. The unit uses the KWL model (what do you Know, what do you Want to know, and what have you Learned), oral interviews, children's literature (mainly picture books) with strong female characters, CD-ROM technology to develop students' research skills, interviewing and transcription skills, presentation skills, and letter-writing skills. Students were formed into small groups from all the third-grade classrooms in the school to gives students experience in working in unfamiliar teams. Part of the success of the unit was that many women were willing to be interviewed or participate in a panel discussion. The composite knowledge and experiences of these women provided a rich source of primary data. Rich resources were important, but most of the success of the unit resulted from teachers allowing students to construct their own learning. (A 37-item list of human resources, a 22-item list of children's literature, and a 7-item list of other resources are attached. An appendix describes the Media Action Council of Indiana.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Media Action Council of Indiana, Indianapolis.