Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Experiential learning--Evaluation; Educational tests and measurements--Evaluation;
Our educational system is currently in the grips of No Child Left Behind and the stress of proving students' abilities via mandated standardized tests. This stress is changing teachers' focus from providing a contextual learning environment for students to passing tests. Six struggling middle school students participated in a summer program where contextual learning and frequent standardized assessment existed together. Through this program, the students' needs were met and data was provided that demonstrated educational gains. This data suggests that authentic real world experiences do not need to be omitted from the curriculum in order to provide measurable results on standardized student achievement tests.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Lynn Ethan Nielsen
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©2006 Lorinda Leedom
Leedom, Lorinda, "Contextual learning vs. standardized testing : and the winner is ... ?" (2006). Graduate Research Papers. 1094.