Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

12-1-2015

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Marcus Wenzel

Honors Program Director

Gavin Keulks

Abstract

The theory of Experiential Learning states that children develop knowledge and skills through experiences outside of the traditional classroom setting. The knowledge gained from these experiences is more long lasting and more enjoyable to students than the traditional rote memorization approach. The focus of my thesis will be to analyze the theory of Experiential Learning in a first grade classroom during my year in the Education Program at Western Oregon University. I will be designing lessons around principles founded by John Dewey, the father of experiential learning, to teach a Science unit in a first grade classroom. The science unit will focus on the life cycle and structure of insects while implementing hands--‐on learning opportunities at a first grade level in compliance with the state--‐ adopted Next Generation Science Standards for First Grade Science. The lessons will also seek to enhance the personal interest in the subject area. I plan to implement these lessons in a first grade\ classroom in the Dallas School District during my year of student teaching.

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