Investigating the benefits of mastery learning in the high school physics classroom

dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Walter Woolbaughen
dc.contributor.authorHolloway, Sara Carse-Patcheten
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-03T20:50:44Z
dc.date.available2018-04-03T20:50:44Z
dc.date.issued2017en
dc.description.abstractTeaching general physics in public school wass never an easy task, but with our students' lack of proper math preparation, many of our students struggled with physics. We had to come up with a better way to steer these students through our curriculum. The best way was to allow students to move through the curriculum at their own pace and to require mastery of topics within each unit of the curriculum. We decided to utilize the mastery learning approach. To tackle this, we spoke to our Instructional Specialist to gather ideas for how to help these students who were struggling due to gaps in their knowledge. She suggested we use the mastery learning approach to better help our students get the time they need to complete our curriculum. This created a starting point from which to build our mastery framework, but also to begin my classroom research project. The project aimed to combat the negative effects we were seeing in our physics students, while still maintaining academic integrity, student learning and the requirements of the district and state curriculum. By combining self-paced instruction with frequent formative assessments, students could begin to learn where their knowledge gaps are, as well as learn skills for academic success such as time management, self-advocacy, and learning from their mistakes. It should be known that due to constraints of the school in which I was conducting research, this is only an observational study. There was no control group, or treatment group. All students in the study received the same treatment, with no non-treatment units. My research questions for this project were to evaluae how implementing mastery framework affected student performance in on-level physics classes. In order to measure this, I also had to consider how mastery would impact student performance on common formative assessments, how it impacted student perceptions of physics/science, as well as how mastery encouraged student motivation. Finally, it is also important to see how implementing mastery impacted me, as an educator.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/13666en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2017 by Sara Carse-Patchet Hollowayen
dc.subject.lcshPhysicsen
dc.subject.lcshHigh school studentsen
dc.subject.lcshMastery learningen
dc.titleInvestigating the benefits of mastery learning in the high school physics classroomen
dc.typeProfessional Paperen
mus.data.thumbpage16en
mus.relation.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en_US
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Elinor Pulcini; Greg Francis.en
thesis.degree.departmentMaster of Science in Science Education.en
thesis.degree.genreProfessional Paperen
thesis.degree.nameMSen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage68en

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