Capstone Project Title
O’Neill, I. Increasing the Participation and Success of Struggling Students in High School Physics Courses (2019) Physics is the most mathematically complex science course offered in the high school setting. Due to the higher level of mathematical proficiency needed to succeed in physics, it is common for school districts to place it as the final science course offered to high school students. Minnesota only requires students to take three years of science in order to graduate and has no specific requirement for physics. This has led to low enrollment and the negative stigma that physics is an unnecessary and difficult challenge, rather than an interesting and crucial field of science. This capstone uses current research to answer the question, How can a curriculum be created that will increase the participation and success of struggling students in high school physics courses? The result was the development of new physics curriculum that focuses on the pedagogy of problem based learning, inquiry based learning, and culturally responsive teaching. This new approach should boost enrollment and make physics more accessible and engaging for a wider range of students.
Curriculum, Science, Problem Based Learning, Inquiry Based Learning
O'Neill, Ian, "Increasing The Participation And Success Of Struggling Students In High School Physics Courses" (2019). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 345.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects