ERIC Number: ED442139
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Improving Student Organizational Skills through the Use of Organizational Skills in the Curriculum.
Anday-Porter, Sharon; Henne, Kori; Horan, Sandra
This report describes a program for improving student organizational skills. The targeted population consisted of a fourth-grade self contained class, a sixth-grade science class, and a high school nine through twelve learning disability class in an elementary, middle, and high school setting. The schools were located in middle to upper class suburban communities in the Midwest. The deficiencies in organizational skills were documented with student, parent, and teacher surveys, and an organizational checklist. Analysis of probable causes indicated that many students of all ages lack organizational skills due to developmental factors, school structure, and parent involvement. The deficiencies of organizational skills adversely affected various situations, including student success. A review of the solution strategies suggested by other researchers, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in teaching students: time management skills, prioritizing, homework, study skills, organizing student materials in a desk, locker, backpack or trapper, and keeping an assignment notebook. The program included lessons in role playing, cooperative group activities, teacher modeling, problem solving activities, worksheets, self evaluation, checklists, and goal setting which were all incorporated into the curriculum. Post intervention information collected indicated an increase in student organizational skills such as keeping an organized desk, locker, backpack and assignment notebook. Students showed improvement in homework completion and class preparation. (Contains 26 references and 11 tables of data. Appendixes contain 3 survey instruments and a semantic web.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development.