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Abstract: What teaching practices foster students to be motivated achievers in science class while coming away with an awareness of the nature of science?  Inquiry based practices, project based learning, authentic tasks, and constructivism were described in previous studies as best practices in the science classroom.  In this study, I examined the aforementioned best practices effect on student achievement and motivation when combined with fieldwork.  Students involved in this two-year study include 84 students that participated in oceanography and physics courses that included components of best practices fieldwork as well as traditional assignments.  In addition, a group of 15 students who participated in a field based environmental science club were examined as a subgroup.  Data was analyzed from assignment scores, test scores, field notes, and student pre and post surveys.

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