ERIC Number: ED426050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Teaching Middle School Students To Be Active Researchers.
Zorfass, Judith M.
This book offers middle school educators information about inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning, highlighting the I-Search process. I-Search offers a powerful mix of ingredients (e.g., respecting curiosity, supporting independence, and fostering creativity) to capture students' and teachers' imaginations. It makes research more learner centered and encourages students with diverse needs to collaborate. It provides a natural context for using technology, media, and materials. Based on 10 years of work with middle schools and interdisciplinary teams, this book shows how teachers and students asked real-life questions and presented their new understanding of overarching concepts. Teachers and students explored community resources, read varied materials, conducted interviews, and used new technology to keep track of their work, which culminated in I-Search papers and exhibitions. Chapter 1 defines active research and the four phases of an I-Search unit. Chapter 2 describes how teachers guide students to pose I-Search questions. Chapter 3 explains how teachers help students learn to access various materials. Chapter 4 discusses how teachers help students integrate and process information they have gathered. Chapter 5 illustrates how teachers help students represent their knowledge via written papers and exhibitions. Chapter 6 describes what is needed to successfully design, implement, and reflect on I-Search units. The appendix's 10 sections describe planning and assessment criteria--from planning immersion activities to creating guidelines for student peer conferences, developing rubrics for assessment, and to evaluating the implementation of an I-Search unit. (Contains 61 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Action Research, Diversity (Student), Early Adolescents, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Research Skills, Student Participation, Student Research
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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