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ERIC Number: ED453126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr-10
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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STORYPATH: A Cross Cultural Study of Children's Construction of Social Studies Understandings.
Cole, Bronwyn; McGuire, Margit
This paper presents the background, procedure, and outcomes of a study of two Year 1 classrooms, one in Seattle, Washington, and the other in Sydney, Australia, that engaged in the constructivist learning experiences of a social studies unit titled "Families in Their Neighborhoods" (McGuire, 1997). The unit employed the "Storypath" planning and teaching strategy. The teacher of each classroom implemented the unit to enable children to construct understandings about families, including their diversity of structures, heritages, and designations of roles and responsibilities. Experiences for developing understandings of the ways in which families live within, as well as have citizenship responsibilities for constructing neighborhoods, or communities, were implemented and explored in the unit. This paper presents analyses of students' interview data, work samples, and classroom displays to describe the nature and level of understandings constructed by the students in each of the research sites. Some cross-cultural comparisons are drawn. Teachers' interview and observational data are analyzed, and evaluations of the Storypath strategy as a "powerful" constructivist tool for planning and teaching elementary social studies are made. Contains 3 figures, 5 tables, 5 notes, and 16 references. Appended are classroom observation data and focus group interview questions. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Washington (Seattle)