Perry Identified the following problems with research papers:• Student reluctance with taking on such a large project led to: - Procrastination - Non-completion• Several weeks were spent focused on the paper with the students only learning: - The content of the topic - How to research the topic
Background• A PowerPoint was assigned to 31 seniors in two English Literature Classes: – Technical Prep – College Prep• Six students had experience with PowerPoint.
Background (cont’d)• The PowerPoints were due three (3) weeks before the research paper.• Students were to present the information to the class in a 7-10 minute-long presentation.• PowerPoint Requirements: – 12 or more slides – One (1) reference slide – Two (2) graphics or illustrations
Preparation• The students were given the following preparation tools to complete the project: – Two (2) library visits – Teacher-led demonstration of presentation skills – Tutorial on how to use PowerPoint – Eight (8) in-class days to work on project at computer work stations.
Perry’s Main Objectives1. Learning to conduct research2. Starting their research projects sooner3. Honing presentation and public speaking skills4. Improving cooperative learning and social skills5. Enhancing computer and technology skills
Outcome• Surveys distributed after the research paper was submitted revealed the following: – More students completed papers on deadline than ever before. – 96% of students polled found the PowerPoint to be fun.
Outcome• Results for survey question, “I think that doing this project helped me better prepare for writing the term paper.” 8% No Yes N=26 92%
ReferencesPerry, A.E. (2003). PowerPoint Presentations: A creative addition to the research process. The English Journal, 96, 64-69. http://jstor.org/stable/3650537