Diagramming the Never Ending Story: Student-generated Diagrammatic Stories Integrate and Retain Science Concepts Improving Science Literacy

Diagramming the Never Ending Story: Student-generated Diagrammatic Stories Integrate and Retain Science Concepts Improving Science Literacy

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This research examined an instructional strategy called Diagramming the Never Ending Story: A method called diagramming was taught to sixth grade students via an outdoor science inquiry ecology unit. Students generated diagrams of the new ecology concepts they encountered, creating explanatory 'captions' for their newly drawn diagrams while connecting them in a memorable story. The diagramming process culminates in 20-30 meter-long murals called the Never Ending Story: Months of science instruction are constructed as pictorial scrolls, making sense of all new science concepts they encounter. This method was taught at a North Carolina qPublicq Charter School, Children's Community School, to measure its efficacy in helping students comprehend scientific concepts and retain them thereby increasing science literacy. There were four demographically similar classes of 20 students each. Two 'treatment' classes, randomly chosen from the four classes, generated their own Never Ending Stories after being taught the diagramming method. A Solomon Four-Group Design was employed: Two Classes (one control, one treatment) were administered pre- and post; two classes received post tests only. The tests were comprised of multiple choice, fill-in and extended response (open-ended) sections. Multiple choice and fill-in test data were not statistically significant whereas extended response test data confirm that treatment classes made statistically significant gains.To test this question, an assessment instrument (a test) was used that would provide a range of measurable outcomes. ... the test, pre- and post, contained three sections: (a) The first section contained 10 multiple choice questions and was scored ... to by number and name: Question 1 (Niche), Question 2 ( Preypredator), Question 3 (Biodiversity), and Question 4 (Energy). ... only data from Classes 1C and 2C are compared (except gendeer) - this data is represented using line graphs.


Title:Diagramming the Never Ending Story: Student-generated Diagrammatic Stories Integrate and Retain Science Concepts Improving Science Literacy
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Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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