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ERIC Number: ED470303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Lesson Study with Action Research: Is the 4-Column Writing Method 4 Real?
Keeney, Martha A.; Paganelli, Susan; Smith, Jevonne; Quinn, Kathy; Krane, Amy; Jacobs, Beverly; Toaz, Peggy; Ansberry, Vicky; Shultz, Lauren; Kehoe, Eve; Craven, Kristyn; Neuin, Barbara; Stepnicka, Tebra; Bruce, Carolyn; Snodgrass, Donna; Salzman, James
Action research is designed with the intent of assisting educators in assessing the effectiveness of their building and classroom practices. Lesson study helps teachers use ongoing collaborative peer-insight and feedback about student responses to instruction to develop high quality lessons. Middle school teachers from an outer-ring suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, combined lesson study with action research to determine whether the four-column writing method improved student responses to extended answer questions such as those found on the Ohio Proficiency Test. The four-column model is intended to be an organizer for responses, which models the process students should develop as a way to answer extended response items. Results for 160 students in the control group and 148 in the experimental group indicate that fifth graders instructed using the four-column writing method performed significantly better than those receiving other traditional writing instruction used in the same school. Three appendixes contain writing prompts, scoring rubrics, and a lesson plan for the four-column method. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio