ERIC Number: ED434067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jul
The Impact of Songwriting, Dramatization, and Performance on Third Graders' Ability To Learn and Retain Social Studies Concepts.
A study examined the impact of song writing, dramatization, and performance on third graders' ability to learn and retain social studies concepts. Students (n=18) were taught a unit on natural land forms and bodies of water in which they dramatized and performed songs which incorporated the main ideas of each unit. Upon completion of each unit, the students created dramatizations to demonstrate that they had mastered the concepts taught, and posttests were administered. Results were categorized and analyzed in three groups: below-grade-level readers, at-grade-level readers, and above-grade-level readers. Analysis revealed that although all students performed at an acceptable level of 80% and above on their presentations, posttest results indicated that only the students at and above grade level in reading performed at acceptable levels. Findings suggests that, although not all students reached acceptable levels of achievement, all students enjoyed the opportunity to sing and dramatize for their teachers and peers, indicating that this style of learning experience was motivating and rewarding for students. (Contains 26 references. Appendixes contain song lyrics, sample grade reports for 6 lessons, and sample pretests and posttests for 6 lessons.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Research Project, San Diego State University.