Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Michael P. Clough

Abstract

To overcome students' misconceptions regarding the nature of science, it is essential that teachers utilize instructional activities that accurately and explicitly portray the nature of science within the context of the science content being taught. This study examines the impact of implementing two historical short stories in a high school biology course during units on genetics and biological evolution. The stories describe the lives and work of Mendel and Darwin and how their scientific ideas were developed. Questions embedded in the stories explicitly draw students' attention to key nature of science concepts. Students in the treatment group demonstrated significantly higher understanding of several key nature of science concepts than students in the control group. Additionally, most students reported preferring the short stories to textbook readings.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-2042

Copyright Owner

Jennifer Ann Reid Smith

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-30

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

109 pages

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