Effect of metacognitive reading strategies on improving concept understanding in high school biology students
Courtney, Jennifer Alexander
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The main purpose of this project was to determine how specific reading strategies impacted student understanding of genetics, evolution, populations, and ecology in high school biology. Forty-seven students in three achievement levels were tracked for changes in their abilities to answer high-order questions, as well as changes in their attitudes and motivations. Teacher attitude and motivations were also measured. The study revealed that students showed overall improvement in high-order thinking compared to non-treatment, and that student attitudes and motivations improved slightly during the project. Teacher attitudes and motivations improved as students progressed through the treatment.