Term

Spring 2017

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Shelley Orr

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Benjamin Jones

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Celia McConnell

Abstract

Classroom science teachers face many obstacles, from standardized exams to including real world concepts in their science units. Informal science educators are looking for ways to expand their mission into school curricula in the form of activities and project-based learning. Incorporating real-world experiences from informal science institutions can supplement and enrich the formal science educator’s classroom learning units. The research in question in this Capstone was to address how formal and informal science educators can work together to increase students’ participation in science and the environment. I interviewed science professionals about why they pursued a career in science and I interviewed classroom science teachers about their needs, focusing on how to harness support from informal science educators.

Research Methodology

Descriptive Statistics, Field Study, Interview, Survey (attitude scale, opinion, questionnaire)

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