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Findings: : Students identify choice, relevance, reflection and application as essential components of meaningful assignments.

Abstract: This study explored what students view as meaning in a curriculum-based research project. A participatory action research approach was used to investigate the experiences of one classroom teacher and nine students while completing a curriculum-based research project in a senior level high school English course. The design of the research project was based upon the students� shared definition and understanding about what comprised a "meaningful" assignment. Choice, relevance, reflection and application were considered essential components by the students. Feelings played a primary role in the choices made and significantly influenced student learning and project completion. See

Barranoik, Lois. (2003) Meaningful research projects: Perspectives from high school students. In S. Zinn, G. Hart and E. Howe (Eds.) School libraries: Breaking down barriers (pp. 23-34). Seattle: International Association of School Librarianship.

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