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Increasing student learning in Earth science: using project-based learning

When compared to other developed nations around the world, science education in America is consistently rated as insufficient. If the citizens of America are to remain competitive in the world economy, focus on learning scientific skills needs to be a priority in public education. However, many of the standards used in science education focus on content knowledge instead of the attainment of practical skills and the development of scientific thinking. Sources of Data: An evaluation of research from the areas of education and psychology, including researchers such as John Bridgeland (Bridgeland, Diluliio, & Morrison, 2006), Yaron Dopplet (2003), Paul Kirschner (Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark, 2006), Thom Markham (Markham, Larmer, & Ravitz, 2003), and David Moursund (2003) was utilized. Conclusions Reached: One strategy that focuses on the learning of students and the application of scientific skill sets is Project-Based Learning. This work provides a curriculum guide for teaching California Geology utilizing the Project-Based Learning strategies.

Project (M.A., Education (Curriculum and Instruction)) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2011.

When compared to other developed nations around the world, science education in America is consistently rated as insufficient. If the citizens of America are to remain competitive in the world economy, focus on learning scientific skills needs to be a priority in public education. However, many of the standards used in science education focus on content knowledge instead of the attainment of practical skills and the development of scientific thinking. Sources of Data: An evaluation of research from the areas of education and psychology, including researchers such as John Bridgeland (Bridgeland, Diluliio, & Morrison, 2006), Yaron Dopplet (2003), Paul Kirschner (Kirschner, Sweller, & Clark, 2006), Thom Markham (Markham, Larmer, & Ravitz, 2003), and David Moursund (2003) was utilized. Conclusions Reached: One strategy that focuses on the learning of students and the application of scientific skill sets is Project-Based Learning. This work provides a curriculum guide for teaching California Geology utilizing the Project-Based Learning strategies.

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