Summer 7-2-2015



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Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Susan Wilder Akre

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Bridget Stalboerger


The research question addressed in this study was, will the use of technology and phenology increase students’ observation skills? The catalysts for this capstone were research using observation as an everyday skill fundamental to all scientific disciplines, and the importance of teaching children how to observe and document their observations. The capstone describes the process of integrating phenology, knowledge of the five senses, and iPad technology to teach students the importance of observation and its relevance to their everyday lives. The author concludes that: 1) although the collected data did not show a significant increase in observations, students’ observations became more accurate and detailed, and 2) students’ reflections showed an increased understanding of the science of phenology and how iPads can be used as a scientific tool.


Environmental Studies, Technology

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