Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Scientist-teacher collaboration: Integration of real data from a coastal wetland into a high school life science ecology-based research project
by Hagan, Wendy L., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 181; 1527708
Abstract (Summary)

Project G.R.O.W. is an ecology-based research project developed for high school biology students. The curriculum was designed based on how students learn and awareness of the nature of science and scientific practices so that students would design and carry out scientific investigations using real data from a local coastal wetland. This was a scientist-teacher collaboration between a CSULB biologist and high school biology teacher. Prior to implementing the three-week research project, students had multiple opportunities to practice building requisite skills via 55 lessons focusing on the nature of science, scientific practices, technology, Common Core State Standards of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and Next Generation Science Standards. Project G.R.O.W. culminated with student generated research papers and oral presentations. Outcomes reveal students struggle with constructing explanations and the use of Excel to create meaningful graphs. They showed gains in data organization, analysis, teamwork and aspects of the nature of science.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Henriques, Laura
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Ecology, Environmental education, Secondary education, Science education
Keywords: Ecology, Environmental education, Nature of science, Real data, Scientific practices, Scientist-teacher collaboration
Publication Number: 1527708
ISBN: 9781303925634
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