Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1990

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Timothy W. Young

Second Committee Member

Teresa Lynn Martin

Third Committee Member

Donald G. Dietrich


The central objective of this project is to enhance the middle school eighthgrade Earth Science curriculum by developing or adapting existing laboratory activities to model hands-on, inquiry, and discovery learning methods. These laboratory activities are designed to encourage independent student-centered learning as opposed to teacher-centered and directed activities.

The project also explored the nature of the science laboratory as it exists in classrooms today and how it can be improved through an understanding of the nature and process of science.