Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

William Parnell

Subjects

English language -- Study and teaching -- Oregon, Language arts -- Oregon -- Evaluation, Project method in teaching, John Dewey (1859-1952) -- Philosophy

DOI

10.15760/honors.127

Abstract

This thesis evaluates a segment of the second grade English language arts and literacy (ELA) curriculum presently utilized in Portland Public Schools (PPS) school district in Portland, Oregon, using five principles for evaluation. These principles address the extent to which lessons are hands-on, engage home life, integrate the academic disciplines, encourage student autonomy, and are relevant to society today. These criteria were established following a review of John Dewey’s ideas and philosophies, and of two practices that model Deweyan principles: Project-Based Learning (PBL) and progettazione in the Municipal Infant/Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio-Emilia, Italy. This analysis of the ELA curriculum in place today makes many recommendations to strengthen its alignment with these five principles, but ultimately notes time-constraints and the necessity for desk-work to be its most limiting factors.

Comments

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Psychology

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15387

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