Teaching and learning family and consumer sciences through K-W-L charts

Alshatti, Safenaz, Watters, James, & Kidman, Gillian (2012) Teaching and learning family and consumer sciences through K-W-L charts. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, 30(2), pp. 1-21.

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Abstract

While much of the control and many of the activities found in today’s classrooms have been placed in the hands of the learners and learning has become inquiry-based, there remains a need for teachers to use teaching tools that would facilitate this student-centered teaching process. This article identifies the K-W-L Chart as one such tool and follows a case study of four Kuwaiti ‘Family and Consumer Sciences’ teaching / learning events to evaluate their ability to enhance the learning outcomes of eight students. The research was designed from a qualitative, multi-tiered design approach and was assessed through a constant comparative method of data analysis of interview responses, classroom observations and worksheet-assessments. The results showed that the use of K-W-L Charts influenced the teachers and learners toward a more inquiry-based approach and facilitated a more student-centered and collaborative learning environment, raising the level of interest and the amount of personal input given by the students.

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ID Code: 59044
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Graphic organisers, KWL, Family and Consumer Science, Home Economics, Teacher education, Teacher Professional Development, Kuwait
ISSN: 1938-5927
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 NATEFCS
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2015 01:30
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 03:27

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