Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Plan B

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Science & Mathematics Teaching Center


Alan Buss, Chair

Second Advisor

Sylvia Parker

Third Advisor

Diana Wigg


The purpose of this project was to determine how adolescents learn, obtain appropriatemethods of teaching that support academic success for adolescents, and outline basic teaching strategies to enhance communication and social skills of adolescents in the classroom. Research indicates that continual social change and education reform create challenges for educators in the classroom. Studies indicate that learning is naturally social, cultural, and communicative therefore, purposeful planning of the learning task, style of interaction, group size, and student characteristics are all necessary to support student success.


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Science in Natural Science in the Graduate College of the University of Wyoming.