Date of Award

Winter 12-11-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Younkyeong Nam

Abstract

Science education incorporates methodology to make content relatable, relevant and important to students. The problem with science content such as Chemistry, is the ability to make the abstract understandable and clear on a level students are able to grasp. With content that deals with the unseen, modeling practices let students visualize the scientific concept being described in an additional manner. The Units that follow, incorporate modeling practices into the curriculum in order to allow students to access material that involves higher level thinking and reasoning. In addition to navigating the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating different modeling strategies, the review of the literature also explores the numerous methods of including modeling into teaching practice, as well as the range of different types of models that can be utilized. Student-centered modeling, technology-supported modeling, and inquiry-based modeling are all integrated into the lessons with the ultimate goal of student understanding

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