Capstone/Dissertation Title

Collaborative inquiry circles: engaging students in meaningful and collaborative literacy

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project is, how can collaborative inquiry circles be used to increase student engagement and comprehension in my fourth grade classroom? This capstone project presents a unit for implementing small-group inquiry circles in a fourth grade classroom, in which social studies content area standards are taught in conjunction with language arts standards. The research presented shows how inquiry and collaboration in the classroom can increase both comprehension and motivation in students. The comprehension work of Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels was a major influence on the comprehension aspect of the unit. Jeffrey Wilhelm's research informed much of the foundation for inquiry of the unit, while the work of Dr. Spencer Kagan et al. provided research and support in implementing collaborative practices.

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