Show simple item record

dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Greg Francisen
dc.contributor.authorBrowning, Linzy Sueen
dc.description.abstractIntegration of subjects is a major goal within the classical education model, with teachers and parent educators seeking to present the various areas of study as interrelated strands, rather than stand-alone subjects. This project sought to integrate age-appropriate literature into an elementary homeschool co-op class's science course work to determine if doing so had an effect on student performance and student attitudes. It also assessed parental attitudes, in particular the extent to which the treatment modeled to them assisted them in integrating literature and history into their science instruction and how they felt about that. During the comparison and treatment periods, students were engaged in an 8-week human body unit, which included memorizing the major parts of each body system, experimenting with a variety of phenomena related to the function of the various systems, and making a life-sized paper model of the entire body with all of the major organs. During the 4-week comparison period, students were introduced to the week's body system and organs, with discussion about what functions the system and organs carry out. This was followed by a lab activity in which students explored a phenomenon related to the function of the system introduced that day. During the treatment period, classroom instruction was modified to incorporate 10-15 minutes of interaction with literature related to the body system and organs being studied, and students received literature to interact with during the week. Weekly quizzes showed an insignificant rise in scores with the treatment. However, student surveys and student and parent interviews indicated a decidedly positive shift in attitude toward the content with the incorporation of literature into the lessons.en
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.subject.lcshElementary schoolsen
dc.subject.lcshHome schoolingen
dc.subject.lcshEducational evaluationen
dc.titleIncorporating literature into the science classroomen
dc.typeProfessional Paperen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2018 by Linzy Sue Browningen, Graduate Committee: Eric Brunsell; Lisa Brown.en of Science in Science Education.en Paperen
mus.relation.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en_US

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

MSU uses DSpace software, copyright © 2002-2017  Duraspace. For library collections that are not accessible, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and timely access to users with disabilities. For assistance, please submit an accessibility request for library material.