Capstone Project Title
Research has shown that traditional chemistry teaching methods tend to utilize individualized topic lectures and highly structured labs, with little opportunity for students to draw real world connections between topics. Unfortunately, student motivation to learn science also decreases throughout high school due to a perceived lack of relevance in their everyday lives. The goal of this project was to design an environmentally focused chemistry curriculum that improves the high school student learning experience and answers the guiding question: How can high school science educators improve student engagement and scientific understanding through environmentally focused chemistry curriculum? This project was also developed in response to updated Minnesota State Science standards and the need for a more cohesive 9th grade chemistry curriculum at a public high school in Minnesota. After researching the effectiveness of various non-traditional instructional methods, the developed unit curriculum implements phenomenon based learning and problem-based learning methods to help students learn chemistry concepts in an engaging environmentally focused manner.
Curriculum, Motivation, Science
Barrie, Libby, "Impact Of Environmentally Focused Chemistry On High School Student Engagement And Scientific Understanding" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 830.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects