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ERIC Number: ED421275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Pages: 61
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Student Organization through the Use of Portfolios.
Shultz, David
This report describes a project designed to decrease the number of missing, incomplete, and late assignments of seventh-grade students in a middle school science class. The students attended a small parochial school in a suburb of a large midwestern city. The students' problems with organization were documented through anecdotal records; surveys administered to students, teachers, and parents; and a review of the teacher's gradebook from the previous semester. Analysis of the problem and review of the literature resulted in the development of mini-lessons on organizational skills, which were taught during the first month of school, and implementing student portfolios as a tool to help the students develop organizational skills. To determine the effectiveness of the intervention, the number of completed and prompt assignments was compared to the previous year's. Test percentages for the seventh-graders were averaged and were also compared to the students' scores from the previous year. A rubric was used to assess the portfolios. Finally, the students' and parents' perceptions of the effectiveness of the intervention were gathered using reflection sheets. Based on an analysis of the data gathered, it appears that the mini-lessons and use of student portfolios improved the students' organization and their academic performance. Evidence for this finding includes the students' and parents' comments and students' improved test scores. In addition, students were able to put together portfolios with over 90% of their classwork, and they were able to find information from these portfolios when it was needed for a test or for putting together a final portfolio. Improved organizational skills were also reflected in the increase in homework that was at least partially prepared on the due date. (Seven appendices include the questionnaires, students' list of desired student attributes, and the portfolio rubric. Contains 31 references.) (LPP)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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