Education, Earth Sciences
One of the biggest obstacles seen in K-12 education today is the lower scores in math and science related subjects versus language arts and historical perspectives. Due to the need to improve these scores, many different methods are being tested and reviewed to improve overall understanding and ability. It is becoming more recognized in these efforts that the use of scientific method, experimentation, data collection and measurements are fantastic ways to improve understanding in math. One commonly noted difference is that math is “just numbers” and one can often go through the motions and complete the problem, but not necessarily understand the thought behind the numbers. However, science requires understanding of the situation and applying math accordingly, a skill that carries over into basic math understanding. The improvement of the sciences would not only benefit students in their science courses, but also in math as well.
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Undergraduate Research Project
Lovely, Amy E. and Stampone, Mary L., "Utilizing CoCoRaHS Climate Data to Improve Climate Literacy at the Middle School Level" (2014). Student Research Projects. 2.