ERIC Number: ED473056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Improving Organizational Skills Through the Use of Graphic Organizers.
Capretz, Kari; Ricker, Barbara; Sasak, Amanda
This research provides information for improving organizational skills in writing through the use of graphic organizers. The targeted population consisted of second, third and fifth grade students in a suburban community. Evidence for the existence of this problem included anecdotal records, teacher observations, student surveys, and assessments that indicated the level of student academic performance. Analysis of probable cause data revealed that the problem related to inconsistency of teaching methods used in writing instruction among teachers. Lack of student motivation was evident. Furthermore, conflicting standards and guidelines for grading writing exercises posed a problem in schools. A review of solution strategies suggested by researchers, combined with the analysis of the problem, offered assistance in creative writing, vocabulary development, portfolios, instructional approaches, and graphic organizers. Post-intervention data indicated an improvement in the use of organizational skills during the writing process. Students had growth in the area of transferring these skills into other subject areas. The researchers recommended more emphasis on teaching grammar and usage, as well as students editing their writing. Contains 27 references and 7 tables of data. Appendixes contain a writing observation checklist; parent, teacher, and student writing surveys; and writing rubrics for each grade level. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A. Research Project, Saint Xavier University and SkyLight Professional Development.