MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Aimee Govett, Jeffrey G. Wardeska
The science education system currently in place in the United States does not adequately prepare students to compete well with international students. The development of new teaching methods is essential to ensure improvement of the system and provide its students with better scholastic achievements and employment opportunities. Various methods have been studied, with one implemented in a high school classroom to compare the results of the new method with the traditional method of instruction. Rather than the traditional lecture-based approach, Honors Chemistry students learned the theory of the gas laws using inquiry-based methods and hands-on activities. The students were then evaluated using the same assessment as in previous years where instruction was more direct. Preliminary results indicate a 3% increase in the final assessment score using the inquiry method rather than the straight lecture approach.
Thesis - Open Access
Sawyers, Sarah, "Comparing Science Instruction Methods in the High School Classroom Setting: A Case Study in Inquiry-Based Methods." (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 1977. http://dc.etsu.edu/etd/1977
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