Date of Award/Publication

4-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MS in Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education

First Supervisor

Diane Barrett

Abstract

Organization of information is an important skill that students must learn. There are many different ways to achieve this goal with varying degrees of difficulty. One such method is using guided notes to model how to organize information. Guided notes are notes that the instructor gives to the students with key information missing in them. The instructor then teaches what the missing information is while stressing the importance of the idea. There has been research done looking at guided notes and there effectiveness. The research has shown a positive improvement with student academics and behavior in the classroom. Although much of the literature on this topic is dated and done at the college level, it still applies to students in the classroom. Four different sections of General Physics in a high school were tracked and compared over a period of time. In groups of two, the sections used guided notes and completed notes and assessments were taken through out the process. This research supported that students perform better academically when using guided notes.

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