Capstone/Dissertation Title

Developing an organizational and study skills curriculum for sixth grade students using backward design

Term

2011

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can an organizational and study skills curriculum be developed for sixth grade students using the backward design model? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle sixth graders face in being organized for middle school. As part of the capstone, a curriculum was developed based on the research of educational and organizational experts and structured using Wiggins and McTighe's (2005) Understanding by Design Model. The author combined elements of action research and curriculum development by giving a needs survey to students and parents, and then analyzing and using that data to inform curriculum design. Her resulting curriculum aids teachers in teaching organizational and study skills to students using a careful sequence of explicit instruction, modeling, scaffolding, and gradual release of responsibility.

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