Welcome to Environmental Science Education: Pedagogy, Curricula and Funding
Supported by the National Science Foundation
1990 - 2006
M. Haynes, Ph.D.
M. Hluchy, Ph.D.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0088217. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
The information available at this website builds on a 20-year history of undergraduate teaching, research, curriculum development and faculty enhancement activities that use environmental problem solving to teach science. In conjunction with support for seven projects from the NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, with which we made curricular changes at our institutions, since 1990 we have led or participated in eight NSF Undergraduate Faculty Enhancement (UFE) workshops involving 147 college faculty from Alaska to Florida and California to Maine. We have developed an effective national model for science education that melds classroom instruction, field and laboratory techniques and cooperative learning, and addresses environmental problems in local communities. The model has been used successfully for undergraduate and graduate courses in biology, chemistry, geology, engineering and environmental science across the nation. Over 90% of UFE alumni developed and implemented new curricula at their institutions, and many (59%) wrote successful proposals to funding agencies to support their innovations.
While creating, adapting, funding and implementing our own courses and conducting UFE workshops, we and UFE alumni created powerful curricular tools, using state-of-the-art laboratory and field techniques, for faculty to use to teach undergraduates how science is really done (learning and applying knowledge in a problem solving context, hands-on, teamwork) while students work to address real, local environmental problems. This web site disseminates for adaptation and implementation curricular materials that have been developed and tested by faculty across the nation.
Curricula and grant documents authored by the participants can be accessed below. They are arranged by keyword divided into three categories: Subject, Technique and Pedagogical. The author, his/her address, email, phone and a brief summary are provided for all documents by keyword. As you browse through the keyword pages, links to the full curriculum documents in both HTML and PDF format are provided. If you have further questions regarding the document and its contents you are encouraged to contact the author directly. A selection of materials and references on Environmental Impact Analysis Techniques provided to faculty participants in the Great Lakes Ecosystem Dynamics and Stressed Stream Analysis workshops also can be accessed below.
Four workshops, to share the curricular and other innovations UFE faculty and participants have made since 1990, will be held each year from 2001 through 2005. Three workshops, hosted by a former UFE workshop participant, will be held each summer in different regions of the U.S. One workshop each year will be held in conjunction with a professional scientific society meeting (e.g., Geological Society of America, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in the Sciences, etc.).
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