Active participation in the secondary language arts classroom
This mixed methods study examines the core research question of how can I increase active participation in my secondary language arts classes? Through surveys, observations, reflective writing, informal and formal discussions, and instruction, the process of creating an active participation environment is explored. The study indicates, by teacher observations, and student feedback, that the use of peer observations, manipulative objects, and small group discussions were more effective than cold calling during large group discussion. The main conclusions are that a base knowledge level processing needs to be established before higher-level thinking active participation techniques are used in the course. Additionally, a variety of active participation opportunities and active guidance from the teacher are needed to create a positive participation environment.
Waldron, Andrew, "Active participation in the secondary language arts classroom" (2010). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 2310.