Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Plan B

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Science & Mathematics Teaching Center


Assistant Professor Anne Houseal

Second Advisor

Associate Professor Alan Buss

Third Advisor

Associate Professor Francisco Basile


The purpose of this project was to review Atomic-Molecular Theory (AMT), critique teaching methods associated with AMT, develop a National Board Certification entry, and reach conclusions about appropriate methods for teaching this topic in introductory high-school chemistry. In order to accomplish this, pertinent literature was reviewed. This included National Research Council publications and peer-reviewed journal articles, along with appropriate books and texts. Additionally, the National Board Certification process required unit development, classroom activities, and a written reflection. Conclusions and recommendations for effectively teaching AMT at the high-school level are offered.


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in Natural Science in the Science and Mathematics Teaching Center College of Education, University of Wyoming.