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ERIC Number: ED412275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-May
Pages: 61
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Developing Transfer in Middle School Student Learning.
Branderhorst, Mark; Huizenga, Terry; Kruzich, Kristin
A program was developed to improve students' transfer of concepts and skills among content areas and to the world outside of the classroom. The targeted population was sixth and eighth graders at a private middle school of 250 students in a stable middle-class community in a suburb of Chicago (Illinois). Study of the school site and a literature review supported the conclusion that the causes of the problems students were experiencing was lack of the skill of transfer. This was due to a disconnected curriculum, neglect of the teaching of the skills of transfer, and insufficient time given to application. Three categories of intervention were selected based on a review of educational research. The intervention began with connecting the curriculum to a greater degree. A second effort was targeting specific skills such as persuasive writing, predicting, and organizing information through projects such as the study of ancient Egyptian civilization and understanding a constitution. A third intervention required student journal writing. Post study data indicated that students are capable of transfer and that a focus on this skill improves the ability to transfer information. With practice, students became more independent in recognizing the relationships that exist among various areas of knowledge. Four appendixes contain a student essay form, a pretest on analogies, an essay posttest, and a parent survey used to supplement the study. (Contains three tables and four figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)