College of Education and Human Services
Master of Education (MEd)
Dr. Bernadine Bolden
Dr. James Cangelosi
Dr. Royal Van Horn
Dr. James Mittelstadt
The purpose of this study was to investigate the difference in the enjoyment, interest, perceived learning, and achievement levels of third grade students when social studies and science units were presented as interrelated subject units versus separate subject units. Eight units in social studies and science were chosen. Four of these units were selected at random to be presented as interrelated subject units and four to be presented as separate subject units. Interrelated units used the social studies or science topic as a core, and lessons in other subjects such as language arts, math, music, and art were related to this basic topic. Separate subject units focused on the particular topic of the unit and were not intentionally related to other subjects in curriculum. An attitude questionnaire and achievement test were administered as posttests after each unit.
The results of the tests for matched pairs indicated a significant difference in the levels of enjoyment, interest, perceived learning, and achievement for the two types of units. It was concluded that the 28 third grade students taught using interrelated subject units showed a significantly higher level of enjoyment, interest, perceived learning, and achievement than the same group when taught using separate subject units.
Main, Edna D., "Enjoyment, Interest, and Achievement Levels of Third Grade Students in Separate Subject and Interrelated Subject Units in Science and Social Studies" (1979). UNF Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 662.