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ERIC Number: ED460926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Student Interest in Social Studies through the Use of Multiple Intelligences.
George, Michelle; Mitofsky, Jan; Peter, Mary Beth
This report describes the development and implementation of an intervention for improving students' interest and academic achievement in social studies. The targeted population consisted of first and fourth grade students of different socioeconomic levels in northwestern Illinois. Problems were documented in student surveys, teacher observations, and assessments. An analysis of probable cause data revealed that students had negative attitudes and low test scores for social studies. Researchers reported that students considered social studies irrelevant and boring. A review of solution strategies suggested by other knowledgeable sources combined with analysis of problem data resulted in the selection of multiple intelligences as an intervention. Various multiple intelligences activities were incorporated: songs of states, dioramas, brochures, murals, poetry, literature, and other hands-on activities. Through surveys and assessments, post-intervention strategies indicated an increase in student interest and academic achievement. Reports from home supported these findings. Parents were impressed with their children's new enthusiasm for social studies. Class discussions were strengthened. The desire for more information gave rise to future class research projects. Independent reading of literature that pertained to the region studied also increased, and books that dealt with social studies topics were purchased. Through the evidence provided, social studies seemed to have a remarkable impact on students. (Contains 5 tables and 26 references. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois