Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Using Evolution as a Context for Teaching the Nature of Science to Diverse Student Populations: A High School Unit of Curriculum
by Metcalfe, Angela C., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 155; 10606054
Abstract (Summary)

Teaching evolution provides teachers with the opportunity to educate students on how science aims to understand the natural world. Rooted in research, the purpose of this project was to create NGSS-aligned curriculum focused on teaching the nature of science (NOS) within the context of biological evolution. Field testing and review of the unit resulted in revisions aimed at creating more comprehensive teacher resource materials and explicit inclusion of NOS.

Emphasizing NOS in curriculum development and teaching scientific qualities through an evolutionary context has taken the focus off belief or disbelief, keeping the attention on the scientific concept at hand. Designing curriculum around compelling subject matter and embracing student-led learning increased and maintained student interest in the classroom.

Implementation of this curriculum not only requires the teacher to be knowledgeable in conventional educational pedagogy, but also the subjects of NGSS and NOS. Additional training and support centered around NGSS is recommended for science educators interested in integrating NOS into their curriculum and instruction.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gomez-Zwiep, Susan
Commitee: Colburn, Alan, Straits, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Science Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Education, Science education
Keywords: Evolution, Nature of science, Ngss, Nos
Publication Number: 10606054
ISBN: 978-0-355-34185-0
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