ERIC Number: ED419220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Fourth-Grade Researchers: Helping Children Develop Strategies for Finding and Using Information.
Dreher, Mariam Jean; Davis, Kathryn Ann; Waynant, Priscilla; Clewell, Suzanne F.
A study examined the effectiveness of research strategy instruction that is integrated with the demands of inquiry-based content-area projects, rather than the typical teaching of research-related skills out of context. The study was conducted at two elementary schools, one a Title I school with a high percentage of poor readers, the other a school with a predominantly middle class population with fewer students who were poor readers. Participants were fourth graders: at the Title I school there were 7 girls and 6 boys, and at the other school, there were 15 girls and 11 boys. The classroom context was designed collaboratively by a research team consisting of a teacher, a university faculty member, a reading/language arts coordinator, and an instructional specialist. Instruction was done by the classroom teacher alone at one school, but the teacher at the Title I school was supported by the research assistant. Results indicated similar patterns at both schools with performance assessments showing no differences on prior knowledge of the assessment topics, but provided evidence of statistically significant improvements in students' ability to find and use information. Students demonstrated improvement in their ability to: (1) search independently for information; (2) write a response to a research question based on that search; and (3) apply what they had learned to a new problem. (Contains three tables of data and 10 references; appended are examples of a performance rubric and categories of advice for a specific research problem.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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