Date Approved

6-30-2004

Embargo Period

4-26-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Robinson, Randall

Subject(s)

Fourth grade (Education)--New Jersey; Learning--Graphic methods; Social sciences--Study and teaching (Elementary)--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect that graphic organizers have on the academic achievement of fourth grade students. The sample was a fourth grade classroom in an elementary school in southern New Jersey. The researcher taught the students two different social studies chapters. The researcher collected data by giving the students two tests for each of the two chapters taught. There were a total of four tests given. These tests were similar in that they were the exact same difficulty level. However, in each chapter there was one test that was constructed using graphic organizers, and a second test that was constructed using a question-answer format. The researcher then compared the four data sets to determine if the students scored higher on the tests that were constructed using graphic organizers. The researcher concluded that graphic organizers do not have a significant effect on the academic achievement of fourth grade students.

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