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ERIC Number: ED413142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Pages: 16
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Reform in One Community: Factors in Establishing a Firm Foundation.
Musetti, Bernadette McCormack; O'Hara, Susan; Gibson, Elizabeth; McMahon, Maureen
This report describes Project CREEK (Community Resources Through Environmental Education for Kids), a collaborative 3-year project between the University of California at Davis, the University of Maryland, and a large, rural K-5 elementary school in central California, and a sister site near Baltimore. Specifically, this report examines changes in five fifth-grade classrooms during the first project year resulting from implementation of a technology-enhanced, integrated curriculum. The research team, which included graduate students and university faculty, documented project planning and implementation by means of audio and videotape of integrated lessons, teacher and whole-team meetings, and student focus groups and interviews. The development and implementation of an integrated curriculum was significant in that the five 5th-grade teachers were able to build upon personal and student interests and knowledge, as well as community resources. For example, teachers worked together to develop extensive units on the local watershed, including field trips and weaving using local creek vegetation. In addition, the project allowed for increased communication between the five teachers and between teachers and researchers through electronic computer lists. Interviews revealed that students overwhelmingly preferred CREEK units to the usual content-area teaching, but did not identify the science-based CREEK activities as science, and therefore reported few changes in their attitudes toward science. An important component of the project was community involvement, without which many activities would not have been possible. As part of the project, 130 fifth-grade students visited the computer lab at the University of California at Davis. During 2-hour sessions, students were introduced to the Internet and were led on guided explorations of Web sites. A technology survey indicated that students demonstrated increased motivation to time spent on task and exhibited positive attitudes toward the use of technology. (LP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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