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ERIC Number: ED456087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 79
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Enhancing Student Achievement in Social Studies through the Use of Multiple Intelligences.
Gohlinghorst, Nancy; Wessels, Becky
This action research project developed and implemented a program to improve student knowledge of social sciences and application in the real world. The targeted population consisted of fourth grade students in a K-5 accelerated elementary school in a midwestern state. The problem was documented through the results of standardized tests which were administered annually at this grade level. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that students were not retaining information given or transferring that knowledge to real-life situations. In addition, students lacked the necessary skills to succeed in the real world. Review of curricula content and other resource materials in the social studies area suggested material with advanced reading levels beyond student comprehension. The perspective that was brought to bear on this issue is based on individual student strengths through the use of Howard Gardner's brain research. Through review of solution strategies, research indicated that there were many good reasons for applying the multiple intelligences theory in the classroom: to help students better understand their own capabilities; to show students how to use their strengths to learn and develop their weaknesses; to develop risk taking; and to better assess the mastery of higher-level content. Includes 15 figures, 2 tables, and 36 references. Appended are student questionnaires, permission materials, and other information. (BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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