Meridian Stories takes the basic educational module – the classroom curricular unit – and amplifies its worth through the layering of five value-added centers. They include:
The ideal outcomes for the student, as a result of participation in a Meridian Stories Challenge, are, in its most basic form:
This research study only targets the first outcome: increased knowledge in the targeted subject area.
In January 2013, one middle school and one high school in Maine agreed to participate in a pre and post-test evaluation around the Photographic Mythological Storyboard Challenge. This is a challenge that asked student teams to:
This research study focused on three specific elements of learning:
The study included approximately 50 middle schoolers and 50 high schoolers (9th grade). A third party coded the results and Dr. Aron Levin from Northern Kentucky University statistically analyzed the resulting data.
The results of this study, which can be found on the graphs in the ensuing three pages, show a significant increase in learning in all three areas.
The definitive conclusions that can be drawn from the graphs that follow can be summed as follows: in the areas where actual learning was being tested, the 101 students in this study came away with more substantive knowledge about myths after their participation in this Meridian Stories challenge than they had before they began the challenge. That’s the short and sweet of it.
The larger implication is that Meridian Stories is an effective educational tool for teaching curricular content to students in middle and high schools.
The belief system that underlies the whole initiative is that the experience only begins at the point of knowledge acquisition.
Prompt: ‘Write a definition of a myth, in three sentences or less.’
This graph represents increased knowledge about the number of countries and cultures with rich mythological traditions.
Prompt: ‘Please describe, in as much detail as you want, one myth that you know.’