Department Chair

N. John Popovich, Ed.D.

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Career and Technical Education, M.S.Ed.


Educational Foundations Department


Steve Macho, Ph.D.

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Career and Technical Education

First Reader

Steve Macho, Ph.D.

Second Reader

Karen Boehm, M.S.

Third Reader

N. John Popovich, Ed.D.


The purpose of this study is to examine the use of Interactive Notebooks in a parenting course. The parenting courses in this study were composed of 10-15 students, ranging in age from 14-18 years. Parenting courses were designed for students to discuss important factors before becoming a parent, the process of conception to birth, and child development skills from 0-5 years. Interactive notebooks are a tool that organizes information, instruction, and thoughts of students while also providing a resource for students to review information. Paper interactive notebooks allow for both input and output of information. The information remains a resource for students to assist with classroom activities and studying. Students interact with the material in multiple ways strengthening understanding and the ability to build on the information provided. Parenting classes include large amounts of vocabulary and concepts.A result of this study concludes interactive notebooks are an effective method for delivering Brain Learning Theory and research based strategies and information organization. Interactive notebooks increase student retention of information and concepts in the parenting classroom.