There are two different types of objectives articulated and identified in this
project entitled, Who Measures What in Our Neighborhood. General objectives
for project-investigations are common across all topics. They are aligned with
best practices and high quality curriculum as described by the National
Association of the Education of Young Children and the National
Association for the Gifted. General objectives reflect the process of inquiry
and the students engagement in in-depth studies.
Specific content objectives for each project investigation emerge initially
out of topic webs and are formulated and reformulated by the students
questions, the teachers guidance, and the shifting interests of the students
as the project progresses. The degree to which a child experiences depth and
complexity of a topic may be different depending upon the diversity of skills
and abilities of the students. Not all children master each objective, but respond
to the tasks and progress at their own level. Outcomes are varied and children
demonstrate different levels of content and skill mastery. General and specific
objectives relate to the Illinois Learning Standards
for early elementary students.
General Objectives for Project Investigations
Students will engage in an in-depth study of a topic.
Students will pursue first hand investigations.
Students will engage actively in data collection.
Students will become more proficient in organizing data.
Students will learn and utilize different modes for representing data.
Students will think critically and reflectively.
Students will engage actively in discussions of the topic, exchange
ideas, debate, etc.
Students will formulate questions.
Students will evaluate their experiences in many ways and participate
in culminating activities.
Students will relive and renew experiences they have had with various subject
Students will increase their ability to use primary and secondary resources.
Students will increase their vocabulary.
Students will learn and apply new modes of inquiry including questioning
and hypothesizing, reforming of hypotheses; interviewing, surveying, and observing.
Students will increase their modes of representing their ideas (observational
drawings, graphs, Venn diagrams, displays).
Students will uncover facts and principles in various subject domains.
Students will be exposed to numerous and varied instructional strategies
such as the following:
Whole Group Instruction And Discussion
Small Group Instruction And Discussion
Interviews With Experts
Student-Initiated Projects Such As Constructions, Surveys, Representations
Personal Conversations With Teachers Or Other Student Experts
Students will strengthen their dispositions to be interested in relevant
and worthwhile phenomena (Katz & Chard, 2000).