Capstone/Dissertation Title

A case for teaching more organic chemistry and biochemistry at the high school level

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone explores the benefits of teaching more organic chemistry and biochemistry to meet the needs of a wider group of students in a high school chemistry course. Significant evidence exists to justify the integration of organic and biochemistry into a traditionally inorganic first year high school chemistry course. The same concepts and standards can be met in a chemistry course that expands the curriculum to include topics that will be more meaningful and beneficial to all students. A full-year organic and biochemistry course is also introduced to offer advanced science students a college-level introduction to organic and biochemistry for concurrent enrollment college credit.

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