Capstone/Dissertation Title

For the love of chemistry: bonding with other subject matter

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how do we design practical, brain-based chemistry curriculum that develops students' abilities to make connections to their other studies and other relevant aspects of their lives? The motivating factor for this capstone was a desire for students to learn how to draw upon and relate past experiences to the study of chemistry. The capstone integrated the work of Wiggin's Understanding by Design, Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and Hyerle's Thinking Maps. The author explores different subjects and chose themes that relate well to the current chemistry curriculum. The author emphasizes the use of thinking and literary skills to transfer knowledge between one subject and another. The author develops chemistry lessons that integrate the studies of language arts, history, math, and art.

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