Capstone/Dissertation Title

Effective active learning strategies: teaching measurement to seventh grade family and consumer science students

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone addresses the question, which active learning strategies most effectively teach measurement to seventh grade Family and Consumer Science students? The author explains students often multiply and divide fractions associated in measuring incorrectly. These mathematical errors yield inaccurate results in lab settings. Low scores on the measurement strand of standardized tests also motivated the author to research strategies for teaching measurement. Experts in the field of active learning including Jensen, Gardner, and Johnson and Johnson are covered in the literature review. The author incorporates cooperative learning and multiple intelligences with learning stations in the Quantum Teaching design frame to design a curriculum that accommodates the differing learning styles, abilities, and interests of the middle school student.

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