Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


This Capstone Paper will address segregation and inequality within the education system. The participants of the Capstone Project included 28 fourth-grade students in a public elementary school located on California’s Central Coast. This Capstone Project introduced a project-based learning lesson into a low-income classroom. The students were asked to create a project to demonstrate their knowledge on the given topic in place of a traditional-classroom worksheet. Project-based learning has the ability to be integrated into any classroom regardless of the socioeconomic status of its students to insure a quality education. The students used a higher level of thinking when completing their projects. Project-based learning can be used not only in low-income classrooms, however, it is the key tool in bridging the gap of education inequality between social classes. This Capstone Project relates to the teachers future career path of being an elementary school teacher.