ERIC Number: ED480896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jul
A Comparison of Bible Verse Memorization Using Traditional Techniques versus Using Song.
Noll, Corrie Elizabeth
The memorization of Bible verses is an important goal of many Christian schools. Teachers in Christian schools use many different techniques to help their students memorize Bible verses. One popular traditional method is to have the students repeat the verse many times until they can repeat it from memory. In this project the researcher compared this traditional method to the method of putting Bible verses to song and having the students learn the song and practice the verses by singing the song. Over a 12-week period the researcher worked with 16 students in a private Christian school kindergarten classroom. These two methods were then compared using a paired comparison t-test. For the first three weeks of testing the researcher introduced a new verse at the beginning of each week and had the students memorize them using the traditional method. The students were then tested on the verse at the end of each week and a final test was given 6 weeks following the final verse. During this final test the students recited all three of the previously memorized verses. This test was given to determine long-term retention. For the second 3-week period students were introduced to new verses put to song at the beginning of each week. The students memorized the verse to song over the course of the week and then recited it at the end of the week. A final test was given six weeks following the memorization of the final verse. The students were tested on all three verses to song at this time. This test was given to determine the long-term retention of the verses to song. After the results were analyzed, the researcher concluded that the memorization of verses to song had significant effect on the long-term retention of Bible verses. Therefore, the researcher rejects the null hypothesis that stated there is no difference between the two methods. The researcher suggests that more research needs to be done in this area and areas relating to the research to have more effect on how verses are memorized in Christian school classrooms. Appendixes contain a permission letter and music used in the study. (Contains 27 references, 1 table, and 2 figures.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: M.A. in Holistic Education, Johnson Bible College.