ERIC Number: ED464141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
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Evaluation of a K-5 Mathematics Program Which Integrates Children's Literature: Classroom Environment, Achievement and Attitudes.
Mink, Deborah V.; Fraser, Barry J.
This paper describes a 1-year study of 120 fifth-grade students whose teachers participated in a program entitled Project SMILE (Science and Math Integrated with Literary Experiences). The purpose of the study was to determine the extent to which the classroom implementation of Project SMILE positively influenced the classroom environment and student attitudes toward reading, writing, and mathematics. This was accomplished by, first, facilitating a series of five professional development workshops with the teachers and, subsequently, asking these teachers to use the strategies with their students. Because the program on which SMILE was based, Creating Independence through Student-Owned Strategies (Project CRISS), had already proven to be successful nationwide for secondary students, this study focused on elementary school (K-5) students and their teachers. Six classes of fifth grade students participated, but only 120 of the original 180 completed all aspects of the study. Project SMILE proved successful with these students in terms of promoting positive attitudes toward mathematics and creating positive changes in classroom environment and in using children's literature to empower students to learn mathematical concepts. (Contains 2 figures, 5 tables, and 34 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).