Date Approved

6-25-2009

Embargo Period

3-17-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Rodríguez, Yvonne E. González

Subject(s)

Chemistry--Study and teaching; Curriculum enrichment

Disciplines

Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The focus of this action research study was to determine if cross-curricular learning strategies could be used in a chemistry class to increase both student engagement and understanding of chemistry content. Two strategies were implemented in an honors chemistry course of sophomores and juniors. Participants were chosen on a voluntary basis, those students who chose not to participate still needed to complete the activities, however, their grades and responses were not included in the data. Participating students were required to complete a consent form and obtain parental permission. Students completed a creative writing activity and a kinesthetic activity in which they demonstrated their understanding of the content. The students showed an increase in engagement and understanding of chemical concepts that were a part of this research study. Thus, the conclusion of this research study suggests that implementing crosscurricular learning strategies increases student engagement and understanding of chemistry.

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