Date

6-2013

Degree Name

BS in Physics

Department

Physics Department

Advisor(s)

John Keller

Abstract

This study is modeled after the senior project “Teachers Who Conduct Research and their Ability to Apply their Experience to Lesson Plans” by Cal Poly student Megan Ziegler and includes an independent analysis of the 2011 and 2012 lesson plans that participants in the STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) Program developed as part of their summer research experience. At the end of the STAR summer research program, STAR Fellows are required to submit lesson plans. During Spring Quarter of 2012, I had the opportunity to catalog lesson developed during Summer 2011. Later in Fall Quarter of 2012, Cal Poly undergraduates Megan Ziegler, Emmy Trieu, Anne Welker, and I, along with STAR Program Director Bryan Rebar, decided to continue this research and to work together to catalog the lesson plans that STAR Fellows developed in Summer 2012. In my analysis of the data, I found that STAR program participants included more aspects of their research in their lesson plans in 2012 than in 2011, and that certain NGSS practices were used more than others.