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ERIC Number: ED438228
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 84
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Increasing Student Engagement in Social Studies.
Blanken, Michaele R.
An action research project developed a program for increasing student engagement in social studies. The targeted population consisted of fourth-grade students in a Midwestern suburban community. The problem of limited engagement was documented by interviews with third and fourth grade teachers, entries in the teacher's journal, and a series of student surveys. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students reported a dislike of social studies, saying that it was somewhat useful but boring. A review of solution strategies suggested by knowledgeable others, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in the selection of strategies from constructivist, engaged learning, authentic learning, cooperative grouping, project-based, and problem-based models. Post-intervention data indicated that the students' engagement in social studies class improved. Social studies was enjoyed more by students and they perceived it as more useful. In addition, cooperative skills and thinking skills improved. Contains 19 tables of data and 27 references. Appendixes contain teacher interviews, excerpt from teacher journal, student surveys, and a group assignment. (Contains 26 references and 19 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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