Capstone/Dissertation Title

Cellular basics: a curriculum design for an alternative high school biology class

Term

2008

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Abstract

This capstone examines curriculum factors affect on alternative student classroom motivation. The author is an alternative science educator who wanted to increase his students' motivation within the classroom. The curriculum created for this capstone is on the subject of biological cells and utilized a unique technology (in the form of the Pearson Assessment's Classroom Performance System) and a project-based assessment in coordination with traditional methods. The author presented the curriculum to two separate classes during a two week period. Student motivation increased during this unit as evidenced by student comments. However, the author did not find any significant increases in pre- and post-test scores associated with this curriculum.

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