The purpose of this research is to analyze students performance in project-based research curriculum after learning summarizing strategy, and make improvements in project-based research curriculum. Project-based research curriculum was implemented in a fifth grade class twice at the beginning and at the end of the semester. 27 fifth graders were included in this study. Summarizing strategy was taught throughout the semester.
Project-based research curriculum was amended after receiving feedback from peer teachers’ observations, consulting researchers’ teaching reflection journals, and using data compiled from interviews, questionnaires, and students’ homework, as well as comparison of student performance in the two curriculum Based on the results of the research, the following conclusions are made:
(1) Summarizing strategy can improve fifth graders’ summarizing abilities.
(2) Summarizing strategy can improve fifth graders’ ability to integrate information into their reports in the project-based research curriculum.
(3) Based on the result of action research, project-based research curriculum for fifth grader is adjusted in order to enhance teachers'' teaching ability.
In conclusion, many different skill sets are required for fifth grade students to complete project-based research, such as researching, summarizing strategy, raising questions, reading comprehension, group discussion. Thus, it is recommended fifth grade teachers design the curriculum in such a way that these topics are introduced to the students at proper intervals throughout the semester, and help the students to integrate their knowledge and abilities through project-based research curriculum.