Action Research 15
providing hands-on experience, varying presentation modes, and helping students set their own goals.
Best practices fieldwork was designed to fulfill the criterion of research based science education practices as defined by the aforementioned findings. By meeting this criterion, its aim was to increase student achievement. A secondary aim was to increase students’ knowledge of the nature of science while increasing motivation.
The people involved in this study included 84 students. I began this study while they were in the eleventh grade oceanography class, and concluded the study as they were in the twelfth grade physics class. A subgroup that I studied was fifteen students in the Mean Green Team (our school’s environmental science club). Those fifteen students were exposed to a higher number of best-practices field work experiences than the others. Thirteen of those fifteen students were in both the oceanography and physics class. Two of those fifteen were only in the Mean Green Team.
The school is located in downtown Los Angeles and is a Title I charter school associated with the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation through the Early College Initiative. The majority of the students are Latino (90+%) and of low-socioeconomic status. They all come from the metro Los Angeles area and made it to school without transportation assistance from