Title

Inspiration in a middle school curriculum

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Australian Council for Computers in Education

School

School of Education

RAS ID

3777

Comments

Originally published as: Bursey, S., & Newhouse, C.P. (2004). Inspiration in a middle school curriculum. Australian Educational Computing. 19 (2), 12 -17. Article available here.

Abstract

Early adolescence, classified from 10-14 years, is an important stage of development where thinking, planning and reasoning skills are evolving. Middle School is an educational context which focuses on the provision of support for students in this age group through the transitional period, from primary school to high school. Integrating a graphic organiser software program into a middle school curriculum is consistent with Middle Schooling principles, as it provides for a guided approach to developing problem solving and organisational skills and actively engages students in this learning process. INSPIRATION is a graphic organiser software program designed to help users visualize problems and organise information and ideas into logical structures. This study considered the conditions under which the problem solving and organisational skills of middle school students can be enhanced using this graphic organiser software.