Your help wanted! Research on Multi-age Classrooms

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  1. studentteach123

    studentteach123 New Member

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    Feb 20, 2007

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a student at Pepperdine's Graduate School of Education & Psychology, getting my Masters in Education and my CA Teaching Credential (Multiple Subject). Two of my classmates and I are conducting a survey on the effectiveness of multi-age classrooms. We would greatly appreciate it if you took a few minutes to answer our short survey.

    Thank you SO much!


    Research Study – Multi-Age Classrooms

    1. How many years have you been teaching?
    2. What grade levels are represented in your current multi-age classroom?
    3. Have you had any other multi-age experience prior to your current teaching position?
    4. Did you choose to teach in a multi-age classroom?
    5. Do you have a teaching assistant in your classroom?
    a. If so, does he/she assist in your facilitation of multi-age instruction?
    6. Did you receive any specialized training pertaining to teaching your multi-age classroom?
    a. If not, do you think training would have been helpful?

    Please indicate how you feel about each of the following questions. Use this scale to answer the questions:
    (1- Not at all; 2-To some extent; 3-Moderately Prepared; 4-Greatly Prepared)


    7. If you received training, to what extent did it prepare you for:

    i. Differentiated instruction (Teaching 3 different grade levels)
    1 2 3 4

    ii. Planning purposes (Meeting grade level California content standards)
    1 2 3 4

    iii. Arming students with standardized test-taking strategies:
    1 2 3 4

    iv. I received support from my administrators and other faculty to prepare me to teach in a multi-age classroom.
    1 2 3 4

    Please indicate how you feel about each of the following questions. Use this scale to answer the questions:
    (1- Strongly Disagree; 2-Somewhat disagree; 3-Agree; 4-Strongly Agree)

    8. To what extent do you agree with the following statements:

    i. I prefer teaching in a multi-age classroom.
    1 2 3 4

    ii. Multi-age classrooms require more work.
    1 2 3 4

    iii. Multi-age classrooms offer students benefits not found in a single-grade classroom.
    1 2 3 4

    iv. Parents are more supportive in multi-age classroom situations.
    1 2 3 4

    v. The school organizational climate facilitates successful multi-age implementation.
    1 2 3 4

    vi. Multi-age classroom instruction better prepares students for standardized testing.
    1 2 3 4

    vii. The multi-age structure motivates students to aspire to the highest grade level in the classroom.
    1 2 3 4


    Please indicate how you feel about each of the following questions. Use this scale to answer the questions:
    (1- Not at all; 2-To some extent; 3-Moderately Implemented; 4-Implemented to a great extent)


    9. To what extent is the following implemented in your multi-age classroom?
    a. Cooperative learning
    1 2 3 4

    b. Technology
    1 2 3 4

    c. Hands-on learning
    1 2 3 4

    d. Visual/Performing Arts
    1 2 3 4

    e. Creative Writing
    1 2 3 4

    f. Physical Education
    1 2 3 4

    g. Self-selected Reading
    1 2 3 4

    h. Science Project/Experiments
    1 2 3 4

    i. Field Trips
    1 2 3 4

    j. Guest Speakers
    1 2 3 4

    k. Leadership Roles
    1 2 3 4

    9. In your opinion, why did your school implement multi-age classrooms?

    10. How could you or your school improve multi-age instruction?

    11. Additional Comments Appreciated
     
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  3. Yenna

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    Research Study – Multi-Age Classrooms

    1. How many years have you been teaching? 10
    2. What grade levels are represented in your current multi-age classroom? I have 2.5 to 6 years+ so it would be what you consider preschool plus kindergarten
    3. Have you had any other multi-age experience prior to your current teaching position? yes, as an assistant at another Montessori school
    4. Did you choose to teach in a multi-age classroom? Yes!
    5. Do you have a teaching assistant in your classroom? Yes.
    a. If so, does he/she assist in your facilitation of multi-age instruction? no just general operating duties
    6. Did you receive any specialized training pertaining to teaching your multi-age classroom? yes, the entire Montessori method centers around this feature.
    a. If not, do you think training would have been helpful?

    Please indicate how you feel about each of the following questions. Use this scale to answer the questions:
    (1- Not at all; 2-To some extent; 3-Moderately Prepared; 4-Greatly Prepared)

    7. If you received training, to what extent did it prepare you for:

    i. Differentiated instruction (Teaching 3 different grade levels)
    4

    ii. Planning purposes (Meeting grade level California content standards)
    n/a

    iii. Arming students with standardized test-taking strategies:
    n/a

    iv. I received support from my administrators and other faculty to prepare me to teach in a multi-age classroom.
    4

    Please indicate how you feel about each of the following questions. Use this scale to answer the questions:
    (1- Strongly Disagree; 2-Somewhat disagree; 3-Agree; 4-Strongly Agree)

    8. To what extent do you agree with the following statements:

    i. I prefer teaching in a multi-age classroom.
    4

    ii. Multi-age classrooms require more work.
    1 - I believe it requires less work as the children are able to help one another more often and learn way more from one another than any two adults could ever possibly teach to 30 children.

    iii. Multi-age classrooms offer students benefits not found in a single-grade classroom.
    4

    iv. Parents are more supportive in multi-age classroom situations.
    don't know.

    v. The school organizational climate facilitates successful multi-age implementation.
    4

    vi. Multi-age classroom instruction better prepares students for standardized testing.
    n/a

    vii. The multi-age structure motivates students to aspire to the highest grade level in the classroom.
    4


    Please indicate how you feel about each of the following questions. Use this scale to answer the questions:
    (1- Not at all; 2-To some extent; 3-Moderately Implemented; 4-Implemented to a great extent)

    9. To what extent is the following implemented in your multi-age classroom?
    a. Cooperative learning
    4

    b. Technology
    1

    c. Hands-on learning
    4

    d. Visual/Performing Arts
    3

    e. Creative Writing
    4

    f. Physical Education
    4

    g. Self-selected Reading
    4

    h. Science Project/Experiments
    3

    i. Field Trips
    n/a because of age level

    j. Guest Speakers
    1

    k. Leadership Roles
    4

    9. In your opinion, why did your school implement multi-age classrooms? It is a feature of Montessori education because Dr. Montessori observed how children learn more readily from children of closer age to them, that the children learn from observing others at work and that older children benefit from teaching younger children.

    10. How could you or your school improve multi-age instruction?
    Have larger class sizes.
    11. Additional Comments Appreciated
     

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