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Melchior, Mary

Melchior, Mary

An Examination of Strategies Used by Selected Fifth-Grade Students While Completing Specific Improvisational Tasks: An Analysis of Verbal Protocols
Mary Margaret Melchior
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to identify and describe, using random sampling, the strategies implemented by fifth grade students when they improvise. In this study, three students were chosen to participate in a set of three lessons that were developed and validated for use in this study. All lessons were videotaped. After every small group lesson, each member of the study was interviewed while watching his/her improvisation sessions with the researcher. During these sessions, each student described the strategies he/she employed while performing each step of the improvisation tasks. These "think aloud" protocols (Ericsson & Simon, 1996) were audiotaped and transcribed following each meeting.
Advisor
Sheila J. Scott