Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A model marine-science curriculum for fourth-grade pupils in Florida
by Schulte, Philip James, Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2009, 112; 3392051
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation focused on the development of a model marine-science curriculum for fourth-grade pupils in the State of Florida. The curriculum was developed using grounded theory research method, including a component of data collected from an on-line survey administered to 106 professional educators and marine biologists. The results of the data collection and analysis showed a definitive necessity for teacher preparedness, multidisciplinary content, and inquiry-based science instruction. Further, three important factors emerged: (a) collaborative grouping increases achievement; (b) field excursions significantly impact student motivation; (c) standardized testing influences curriculum development. The curriculum is organized as an 11-day unit, with detailed lesson plans presented in standard curricular format and with all components correlated to the Florida State Educational Standards. The curriculum incorporates teacher preparation, multimedia presentations, computer-assisted instruction, scientific art appreciation, and replication as well as assessment factors. The curriculum addresses topics of ichthyology, marine animal identification, environmental conservation and protection, marine animal anatomy, water safety, environmental stewardship, and responsible angling techniques. The components of the curriculum were discussed with reference to the literature on which it was based and recommendations for future research were addressed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ryan, Lawrence J.
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Elementary education, Science education
Keywords: Curriculum, Elementary, Fishing, Florida, Fourth-grade, Lesson plans, Marine science
Publication Number: 3392051
ISBN: 978-1-109-57612-2
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