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The Convergence Of A Framework For K-­‐12 Science Education And Place-­‐Based Education, Micah S. Herrboldt Jul 2016

The Convergence Of A Framework For K-­‐12 Science Education And Place-­‐Based Education, Micah S. Herrboldt

SMTC Plan B Papers

The goal of this literature review was to look at what the literature says about place-based methods and how they relate to A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012) as well as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (Achieve, 2013). Place-based education (PBE) aims to connect students to their local community and environment by using them as educational starting points and contexts through which to learn in school (Sobel, 2004). However, with recent standards-based reforms teachers find little time to give to place-based methods in the classrooms (Gruenewald, 2003b). The NGSS (Achieve, 2013) were created using the recommendations laid ...


Informational Writing For Research Using Common Core State Standards And Next Generation Science Standards, Jamie Litvinoff Apr 2016

Informational Writing For Research Using Common Core State Standards And Next Generation Science Standards, Jamie Litvinoff

SMTC Plan B Papers

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by many districts may leave teachers feeling overwhelmed and anxious about implementing the required standards. Through careful and thoughtful planning, both the CCSS and NGSS can be combined to both relieve some of the pressure for the teacher and allow students to gain a deeper understanding to scientific concepts through the connection of writing. This mix-method action research project was conducted to show that CCSS can be supported by the NGSS in a second grade classroom. Students used argumentation and procedural writing to assist ...


Exploring The Impacts Of Teton Science Schools’ Field Education Programs On Visiting Teachers’ Beliefs And Practices About Place-Based Education, Julie Thomsen Apr 2016

Exploring The Impacts Of Teton Science Schools’ Field Education Programs On Visiting Teachers’ Beliefs And Practices About Place-Based Education, Julie Thomsen

SMTC Plan B Papers

This study was conducted to explore the impacts of Teton Science Schools’ field education programs on visiting teachers. It was conducted to specifically investigate the impacts on teachers’ beliefs and practices about place-based education. A review of the literature indicates that there is a gap in current research about the effects of residential education programs on visiting teachers. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered to enhance the understanding of how Teton Science Schools’ field education programs impact visiting teachers. The data suggest that participants demonstrated increased use of several place-based education practices with increasing visits to Teton Science Schools. A ...


Development Of A 5th Grade Ecology Unit About The Sagebrush Ecosystem Using Next Generation Science Standards, Place Based Education Principles, And English Language Learner Best Practices, Paige L. Fisher Apr 2016

Development Of A 5th Grade Ecology Unit About The Sagebrush Ecosystem Using Next Generation Science Standards, Place Based Education Principles, And English Language Learner Best Practices, Paige L. Fisher

SMTC Plan B Papers

When developing science curriculum that incorporates the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), research has shown that it is important for teachers to adapt their units in order to provide context and meaning to what their students are learning. Place based education (PBE) is one way to provide this meaning within context (Sobel, 2004). NGSS can provide all students an equal opportunity to become scientifically literate (Lee, Miller, & Januszyk, 2014). Since 1995, the population of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States has increased by 57% (Maxwell 2009). ELLs across the nation share the same common challenge of learning English while also meeting the academic content demands (Bautista & Castaneda, 2011). There has been no research conducted to date that incorporates these three elements into curriculum development. Therefore, this research project aimed to look at how a science unit could be developed using PBE principles, NGSS, and ELL best practices in order to (a) increase understanding of scientific concepts related to the sagebrush ecosystem for 5th grade students; (b) incorporate diverse instructional strategies, intended to enhance the student’s connection to place and (c) include strategies and best practices for ELLs in order to meet these students’ language needs without sacrificing ...


A Survey Of Best Practices And Key Learning Objectives In A Secondary Stem Academy Setting, Paul Kasza Apr 2016

A Survey Of Best Practices And Key Learning Objectives In A Secondary Stem Academy Setting, Paul Kasza

SMTC Plan B Papers

Specialized secondary schools, sometimes called academies, that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) are becoming commonplace in the United States. Natrona County School District in Casper, WY, is opening such an academy called Pathways Innovation Center (PIC) in 2016, of which I am a part of. In an attempt to aid in the design of curriculum for PIC, and to provide a resource to others involved with STEM Academies, I reviewed the literature and conducted phone and email interviews with five different STEM Academy educators throughout the United States. Through this research, I addressed two questions, a) what ...


Middle School Mathematics: Intersubjectivity And The Role Of Discussion In The Middle Level Math Classroom, Trisha Witkop Apr 2016

Middle School Mathematics: Intersubjectivity And The Role Of Discussion In The Middle Level Math Classroom, Trisha Witkop

SMTC Plan B Papers

The purpose of this paper is to summarize the literature regarding Intersubjectivity (IS) and different viewpoints of how to achieve successful IS. We also examine the importance of IDE (Initiation, Demonstration, and Evaluation) sequences in the role of discussion in the middle school math classroom. In addition, this paper is a review of my Entry 3 for my National Board Certification (NBC) process; including a partial viewing of my video and written commentary used for my certification in 2014. I will examine my video and written commentary in the lens of the IS research and make connections from my entry ...


Addressing Three-Dimensional Learning With Citizen Science Projects, Meghan Lockwood Apr 2016

Addressing Three-Dimensional Learning With Citizen Science Projects, Meghan Lockwood

SMTC Plan B Papers

Citizen science, or the inclusion of non-professionals in scientific research, has been used for decades to increase scientific knowledge and involve citizens in problems affecting their communities. These projects can be beneficial to students at the middle school level in that they provide informal learning opportunities in which they can create relationships with professional scientists and researchers, which can increase their interest in different scientific fields. There is also the possibility for citizen science projects to address changing science standards, though research on this topic is lacking.

This study looks at the use of a particular citizen science project, Girl ...


An Analysis Of Selected Upper-Division Core Courses In The Haub School’S Environment And Natural Resources Curriculum, Ashley Andersen Apr 2016

An Analysis Of Selected Upper-Division Core Courses In The Haub School’S Environment And Natural Resources Curriculum, Ashley Andersen

SMTC Plan B Papers

The Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) is an interdisciplinary School at the land grant University of Wyoming (UW). This study begins to assess whether and how the Haub School is meeting specific learning objectives by analyzing student and alumni feedback related to two upper-division core courses in the ENR core curriculum. Current students and alumni were surveyed to determine their opinions regarding whether these courses achieved selected learning outcomes as well as the degree to which these outcomes were useful within their careers. Results showed that, categorically, students and alumni did not differ significantly in their high ...


An Evaluation Of The Impacts Of The Teton Science Schools Place-Based Education Professional Development Workshops For Teachers In Bhutan, Nicholas J. Koinis Jan 2016

An Evaluation Of The Impacts Of The Teton Science Schools Place-Based Education Professional Development Workshops For Teachers In Bhutan, Nicholas J. Koinis

SMTC Plan B Papers

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small Himalayan country located between India and China whose education system is changing. Current education reform efforts include professional development workshops for teachers. Since 2008, the Teton Science Schools (TSS) has partnered with the Royal Education Council of Bhutan to conduct several workshops to teach place-based education (PBE) to Bhutanese teachers. TSS is an organization with multiple program areas focused on using place-based methods to educate people. Place is defined as the biophysical setting in which events take place. PBE is an educational philosophy related to environmental education, experiential education, and outdoor education which ...


Developing A Framework For Assessing Students’ Understanding Of Groundwater, Julia Spencer Jan 2016

Developing A Framework For Assessing Students’ Understanding Of Groundwater, Julia Spencer

SMTC Plan B Papers

Groundwater is an important part of the Earth’s hydrologic system. The Next Generation Science Standards ask middle school students to incorporate groundwater into a model of resource distribution that requires an understanding of the mechanisms and scientific principles that influence groundwater movement and distribution. Physical models that replicate groundwater systems are an essential tool for helping students develop understanding of hidden phenomena such as groundwater, but are often expensive. Wyoming EPSCoR seeks to mitigate this challenge by providing a physical groundwater model to K-12 teachers within the state, however the provision and use of physical models poses its own ...