Date of Award

Fall 12-12-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Younkyeong Nam

Second Advisor

Dr. Peter Veronesi

Abstract

Abstract

The aim of this study is to create conceptual change texts for use in the middle school Earth Science curriculum. This project was informed by the current research on student misconceptions, the conceptual change model, and conceptual change texts. A review of the literature demonstrated that student misconceptions are prevalent in most science classrooms and that the conceptual change model is the most effective model for addressing misconceptions. The research also found that conceptual change texts are an excellent application of the conceptual change model and can be used in any science classroom. The project associated with this study produced seven conceptual change texts that cover seven different middle school Earth Science topics.

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