CENTER ON BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
Alternative Approaches-Other: Research Paper
Effects of Music on Two Emotionally Disturbed Students
CITATION: Kariuki, Patrick and Honeycutt, Cindy. (1998) An Investigation of the Effects of Music on Two Emotionally Disturbed Students' Writing Motivations and Writing Skills. Conference of the Miod-South Research Association, New Orleans on November 4-6, 1998.
study investigated whether music could be used as a tool to motivate
with emotional disturbances to develop positive attitudes toward
whether these attitudes would result in a higher volume of writing
improved writing skills. The research focused on two fourth-grade male
students. The data collection instrument included a rubric writing
evaluation, sentence quantity evaluation, and an opinioruhaire survey.
indicated that the quality of basic writing skills 'capitalization,
punctuation, neatness, creativity, and sentence sense) showed an
improvement when both students were exposed to music during writing
assignments. Both students were immediately absorbed in the music and
calming effect helped them to ignore surrounding distractions, thus
them to focus on their writing assignments. Quantity of writing
substantially in writing assignments with music, while writing
without music were regarded as chores to he accomplished as quickly as
possible. Results of the study also indicated improved attitudes for
students, who indicated that their writing assignments were exciting
exposed to music during writing.
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