Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award

4-27-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)

Department

Education

Advisor

Bethany Vosburg-Bluem, PhD.

First Committee Member

Dee Knoblaugh, PhD.

Second Committee Member

Daniel Cho, PhD.

Keywords

Project Based Learning, Kindergarten, 21st Century Skills, Collaboration, 4Cs

Subject Categories

Curriculum and Instruction | Elementary Education | Higher Education

Abstract

The purpose of this research to is examine the impacts teaching collaboration tools within Project-based learning, in a Kindergarten classroom.  Data collection was taken by video recording two PBL projects, observing and reflecting on field notes, and recording students reflection how they collaborated during each project. This data collection compared two different half day Kindergarten classes with similar demographics. The AM class was taught collaboration by using different collaboration tools while the PM class was not.  Both classes did the same PBL projects with small groups and the data was collected on collaboration in comparison between the two groups. The findings discovered the importance of teaching students how to collaborate and giving them collaboration tools. Students who were taught how to use collaboration tools were able to articulate how they collaborated during the lesson and they were less likely to argue and tattle on their peers throughout their projects.

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