Capstone Project Title
Jana Lo Bello Miller
The research question addressed in this Capstone project was: How is student learning impacted when storytelling and knowledge from Native American tribes are used to create a high school biology unit on ecology and cell energy? The following topics that were focused on during this project were changes to science teaching, culturally responsive teaching, storytelling in science, the effects of using standards and standardized testing, the New Generation Science Standards, and equity and diversity in science learning. The curriculum created for this project included the story of and focused on Minneopa State Park in Mankato, Minnesota, a historically important site for Native Americans. Research showed that making learning more relevant and relatable to students increases engagement and learning. Therefore, the curriculum in this project focused on a location that is local to the intended audience and utilized hands-on learning experiences. The goal of the project was to make science learning more accessible and culturally relevant to all students.
Curriculum, Learning Styles, Science, Inquiry-based learning
Shealy, Katherine, "Utilizing Storytelling in a High School Ecology and Cell Energy Unit" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 946.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects