Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving 6th grade earth science instruction: Curriculum design, implementation, and assessment
by Mock, Suzanne Colburn, M.Ed., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2012, 74; 1506584
Abstract (Summary)

A six-investigation instructional unit, "Our Dynamic Earth: Have Those Mountains Always Been There?," compiled, planned and modified by the author, was implemented during the spring of 2011 in a 6th grade science class Northern California Middle School. The overall purpose of the unit was to help students develop an understanding of fundamental earth science concepts, to promote conceptual change while teaching concepts that are quite abstract, and to use formative assessment techniques in order to provide useful information for teacher guidance and student understanding. Results indicate that the implementation of the Have those mountains always been there? unit has provided a firm base of support for future learning of earth science concepts, that this experience helped promote conceptual change as evidenced by the final thoughts writing assignment, and that taking time and focusing more closely on what students were thinking, and then using this information to modify their learning experience to better address their learning needs, promoted teacher professional growth and effectiveness.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Liu, Xiufeng
Commitee: Terry, David R.
School: State University of New York at Buffalo
Department: Learning and Instruction
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Middle School education, Science education
Keywords: Alternative assessment, Conceptual change, Earth science, Formative assessment, Middle school science, Misconceptions
Publication Number: 1506584
ISBN: 9781267190550
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