Title

Making Learning Personal: Relevance in the Classroom

Date

5-30-2013 5:00 PM

Location

Education (ED) 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Carmen Caceda

Session Chair

Ken Carano

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Title

Department of Teacher Education Student Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Ken Carano

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

As America experiences the rise of standardized testing, this research argues that the most effective learning happens not when students are pressured into high performance but when students see the relevance of the education. This project explored this idea by assigning two projects to 8th grade students – one assignment was teacher directed and the other involved student choice. After the implementation of both of these assignments, the performances from both were compared, surveys regarding student interest were administered, and observations were recorded to discover if students’ perception of relevance of the material effected the level of their work.

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May 30th, 5:00 PM

Making Learning Personal: Relevance in the Classroom

Education (ED) 217

As America experiences the rise of standardized testing, this research argues that the most effective learning happens not when students are pressured into high performance but when students see the relevance of the education. This project explored this idea by assigning two projects to 8th grade students – one assignment was teacher directed and the other involved student choice. After the implementation of both of these assignments, the performances from both were compared, surveys regarding student interest were administered, and observations were recorded to discover if students’ perception of relevance of the material effected the level of their work.