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ERIC Number: EJ1084751
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1524-5039
The Effects of Project Work in a First-Grade Classroom: A Little Goes a Long Way
Dresden, Janna; Lee, Kyunghwa
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v9 n1 Spr 2007
This article discusses how a brief project-based unit promoted the learning of children in a first-grade classroom. The children attended a public elementary school located in a southeastern university town in the United States. Approximately 94% of the students in the school were from economically disadvantaged families. No children in this classroom were Caucasian, and most of them came from single-parent households. We compared the children's learning and performance in a teacher-directed science unit on animals versus a project-based unit on chicks. Results revealed that more state-mandated objectives were covered during the project-based unit than during the teacher-directed unit and that children had "more to say" by using more words and expressing more specific and accurate ideas after the project-based instruction. The project also provided more enriched learning opportunities than the traditional teacher-directed unit. Implications for early childhood teacher education are included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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