ERIC Number: ED442733
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
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Building Geography Skills and Community Understanding with Constructivist Teaching Methods.
This report describes a program designed to enhance social studies skills and knowledge. The target areas for enhancement are geography skills and community understanding. The targeted population is a second grade class in a rural Midwestern setting. The need for strengthening these skills was documented by observation, checklists, surveys, and pre- and post-tests. An analysis of the probable cause for lack of geography skills revealed that students do not have good definitions of geography and community or why they are important. Many thought they liked maps, but did not have a grasp of their purpose. The literature reviewed indicated that young children are not cognitively able to grasp some concepts set forth in geography. A review of the solution strategies proposed by the research found in pertinent literature and combined with an analysis of the problem in the given setting identified several strategies for remediation. Constructivist learning methods, cooperative learning groups, and multiple intelligences were the main focus of the interventions chosen to help the students in this second grade class. Post-intervention data upheld the premise that these strategies would serve to raise the students' skills and understanding in the areas of geography and community. Following the intervention, they not only liked maps, but they also understood and used them well with the knowledge that all people in community situations share the common need to understand and be informed about their world. (Author/LB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Masters of Arts Action Research Project, St. Xavier.