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ERIC Number: EJ868543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
Using Media as Subject Matter to Teach Thinking
Van Kannel-Ray, Nancy; Newlin-Haus, Esther
Middle School Journal (J3), v41 n2 p13-18 Nov 2009
Learning should occur in social environments in which students are engaged in meaningful activities that require them to think critically and solve problems (Dewey, 1933; Phillips & Soltis, 1998). This article describes how an urban middle school interdisciplinary teaching team partnered with the authors to create a hands-on, highly engaging curriculum project designed to provide a safe way for students to explore and think critically about profound, sometimes frightening aspects of their lives. Sixth grade students used photography to gather data depicting their fears, hopes, community supports, and barriers to academic achievement. The Media-based Inquiry Project engaged students in data collection, data analysis, decision making, and writing. On the pages that follow, we describe the planning process, the implementation of the project, and the results and impacts upon student behavior and academic achievement. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A