Date of Award

Spring 4-22-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Kathleen Nolan-Kasal

Abstract

With the purpose of education being to produce successful world citizens, the educational system must grow with the changing economic and social climate. Operating in a creative and knowledge-based economy, students educated in the 21st Century must be in an environment that fosters creativity, critical thinking, and recognition of complex patterns in order to thrive in the new economic structures. Proposing a curricular sequence using wordless picture books and field trips to develop and strengthen these skills, this paper focuses on the growth of literacy in all forms as the strongest foundation for creating curious and life-long learners. Utilizing the same skill sets, elementary aged children use wordless picture books in the same fashion that older children use field trips: to closely observe details, engage in discourse with peers, and connect curiosity for their own world with their academic discoveries.

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