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ERIC Number: ED465696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 74
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Improving Student Interest and Achievement in Social Studies Using a Multiple Intelligence Approach.
Hanley, Chris; Hermiz, Carmen; Lagioia-Peddy, Jennifer; Levine-Albuck, Valerie
This action research paper describes a program initiated by teacher researchers to improve academic achievement and interest in social studies. The targeted group consisted of fifth graders in a lower middle class community in the Midwest. Analysis of the problem-causes data show three main factors: curriculum, attitude, and effect. In regard to curriculum, the study shows that: (1) the curriculum does not fit the multiple intelligences (MI); (2) many teachers do not want to change or are not trained in teaching using the MI; and (3) there is a lack of authentic assessment readily available to teachers. The second factor is attitude. Teachers teach using their strongest biases, and the Western education system emphasizes math and verbal education. The third factor is effect. Students were not using what they have learned or their full potential, and many teachers were unaware of their students' talents. The literature review of instructional solutions named these categories: Instructional, Behavioral, and Interest. The researchers focused on the MI solution, specifically, the intervention of the MI approach to social studies. The intervention occurred from September 2001 to December 2001. Fifth graders would increase student achievement and interest, by participating in multiple intelligence activities. Evaluation was by pre- and post-tests, and surveys. Results showed that interest in social studies increased 11% as evidenced by the student observation checklist and the climate surveys. Average achievement grade on the post-test in the experimental class was 77% as opposed to the control classroom's average grade of 70%. Appended are: Parent Letter; Consent to Participate; Social Studies Pre-/Post-Interest Survey; Seven Multiple Intelligences Quiz; Scoring of the Quiz; Native American Test: You Know about Native Americans Test; and Multiple Intelligence Survey. (Contains 24 references, 7 figures, and 8 tables.) (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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