The research question addressed in this capstone project is: How do three-dimensional learning and phenomenon-based learning approaches increase the authentic learning experience for students in elementary STEM classes? The focus of this project was to research the new learning approaches being proposed by the Next Generation Science Standards. Three-dimensional and phenomenon-based learning are utilized in the goal to better understand how these new approaches will be best used in an elementary STEM classroom. The research focuses on the importance and need of STEM education in an elementary setting. The project is a nine-lesson STEM unit on energy conservation for first grade, based on the upcoming Next Generation Science Standards and incorporates the three-dimensional learning and phenomenon-based learning approaches. The lessons were created using the Understanding by Design model. This curriculum was created to aid educators in better understanding of the new Next Generation Science Standards and how to implement them in a classroom. The result of this research supports the idea that three-dimensional learning and phenomenon-based learning approaches allow for a more authentic learning experience for students and stronger connections to science material.
Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Teaching, Learning Styles, Teachers/ Teaching
Hoglund, Shana, "Three-Dimensional Learning and the Phenomena Based Learning Approach with a STEM Curriculum" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 464.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects