The effects of teaching science fiction in conjunction with science content

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Science


The purpose of this action research was to determine if teaching a science fiction novel in conjunction with science content leads to better retention. This was tested by having seventh grade students read the novel Maximum Ride by James Patterson in their English Language Arts class at the same time that they were studying genetics and evolution in their life science class. Data was collected both quantitatively through pre and posttests as well as a final exam. Qualitative data was collected by student surveys. After the research had concluded, the quantitative data was inconclusive as to if there was an advantage in reading the novel while learning the content. However, both students and teachers saw an increase in attitude and learning during the treatment units.




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