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Personalizing Environmental

Science

Seeing the "I" in "Environment"

Matthew Laposata, Kennesaw State University


GOALS

Propose a philosophy of teaching for intro environmental science courses that emphasizes, when possible, personalizing experiences for students

  • Rationale

  • Resources

  • Results




Making the case for personalization offered at your institution?

Advocating an approach that utilizes available strategies and resources

Applicable in traditional, blended (hybrid), and online courses


For non-majors, engagement isn’t offered at your institution? tapped, it’s manufactured


But I’m not majoring in science… offered at your institution?

Normally, I hate science, but this doesn’t totally suck…

I’m taking this course because

I have to…

Science isn’t

my strongest subject…

Disconnecting starts early and persists…


Engaging offered at your institution?

Millenials

with non-majors science


What’s Your Generation? offered at your institution?


MILLENIALS offered at your institution?

Raised in the era of

“Information Saturation”

Highly adept at filtering for personally-relevant information


Once a luxury, it’s now an offered at your institution? expectation


BIG offered at your institution?

THE

PICTURE

Whenever possible, help themsee the “I” in “environment” with personalized experiences


Course offered at your institution?

Field trips and service learning

activities

Personal response systems (“clickers”)

Group

discussions

You already own the tools


Approach offered at your institution?

complements

Improved science literacy

Course

Thinking

scientifically

Goals

Critical thinking

Civic

Engagement*


“Real-world” relevance offered at your institution?

PERSONALIZATION

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Abundant

existing

resources

Lifestyle choices

affect the environment


Personalization tackles “scale” issues in offered at your institution?

environmental science


Regional & global impacts seem unbelievably large offered at your institution?

Individual contributions appear negligible



Multiplicative impacts…

Effects

Individual

University

… then multiply to make scale manageable

Metropolitan area


SCALE impacts…

and

Human Population Growth

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/


Millions vs. Billions impacts…

Your crazy, old, rich uncle dies and wills you his fortune. But you can only have the money once you’ve counted it all, at a rate of $1 per second for 8 hrs. a day. How long would it take to count:

A MILLION DOLLARS:

About 35 days

A BILLION DOLLARS:

About 95 years


The Allowance Example impacts…

A father complained that his daughter’s $20 a month allowance was too much. She replied, “O.K. Dad, how about this? You give me a penny on the first day of the month and double it each day until the end of the month.”

WOULD YOU TAKE THE DEAL?

How much would he have to pay out at the end of the month?

Let’s see…


Mon. impacts…

Tue.

Wed.

Thu.

Fri.

Sat.

Sun.

163.84

1.28

0.01

20,971.52

41,943.04

327.68

2.56

0.02

83,886.08

5.12

0.04

655.36

1,310.72

167,772.16

10.24

0.08

20.48

0.16

335,544.32

2,621.44

0.32

40.96

5,242.88

671,088.64

10,485.76

0.64

1,342,177.28

81.92

2,684,354.56

5,368,709.12

10,737,418.24

The Allowance Example

All values are in dollars

At the end of the month, he’d owe his daughter around $21,474,836 …



COURSE ACTIVITIES impacts…



EXAMPLES laboratory component?

GHGs

Home energy audit

Ecological footprint

Environmental

“calculators”


Environmental Science Activities for the 21 laboratory component? st Century (ESA21)

http://esa21.kennesaw.edu


NSF # 0088723 laboratory component?

and

# 0231171


Over 50 activities created laboratory component?

Interdisciplinary team of developers






You matched 4 of 6 words/phrases incorrectly. The total fertility rate has been decreasing in many nations in recent years, and in most cases, improvements in women’s rights are a contributing factor. For which description would bettering women’s rights have a large effect? Place total fertility rate in that sentence.


“CLICKERS” fertility rate has been decreasing in many nations in recent years, and in most cases, improvements in women’s rights are a contributing factor. For which description would bettering women’s rights have a large effect? Place


“CLICKERS” fertility rate has been decreasing in many nations in recent years, and in most cases, improvements in women’s rights are a contributing factor. For which description would bettering women’s rights have a large effect? Place

Questions aimed squarely at engagement

“Votes” on social/political issues

Draw out individual misconceptions


“Which of these methods of electrical production releases appreciable

amounts of greenhouse gases”?

Solar

Nuclear

Coal

Hydroelectric

Natural gas


EXAMPLE appreciable

“What is the biggest component of the U.S. solid waste stream”?


GROUP DISCUSSIONS appreciable


“My opinion” + FACTS appreciable

Don’t avoid topics that can foster great discussion

Choose topics with HEAVY personal component

Experience incredibly “sticky” over time


You are the President and learn that U.S. crop production will decline by 50% over the next 20 years due to the effects of climate change and the emergence of numerous pesticide-resistant “super-pests”. You must propose socially-acceptable approaches to immediately and decisively slow U.S. population growth.


Immigration made our country what it is, but in light of continued population growth and its associated environmental impacts, should the United States modify its existing immigration policies?


Field trips & continued population growth and its associated environmental impacts, should the United States modify its existing immigration policies?

service learning

http://www.lccc.wy.edu/academics/communityEngagement/serviceLearning


Student impressions of personalized approaches continued population growth and its associated environmental impacts, should the United States modify its existing immigration policies?


SA or A continued population growth and its associated environmental impacts, should the United States modify its existing immigration policies?

(%)

N

(%)

D or SD

(%)

The laboratory exercises were about issues that affect me.

60

(26)

20

(36)

20

(37)

The laboratory program helped me to understand the environmental issues addressed.

68

(50)

21

(30)

10

(20)

The laboratory program made me realize that I have a part in solving environmental problems.

58

(43)

28

(29)

14

(28)

Participating in this laboratory program has caused me to change the way I do some things.

29

(17)

39

(31)

32

(53)

ESA21 Exercises

(Traditional Exercises)

2001

STUDENT SURVEY (KSU):

SA=strongly agree : A=agree N=neutral : D=disagree : SD=strongly disagree


Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER)

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Design content around socially-relevant issues that engage students and promote civic action

Voting

Political involvement

Lifestyle Changes

Environmental volunteering

Discussion of science issues


STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Responsibilities (SENCER)

Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005

Online SALG pre-survey (first week) and post-survey (end of semester)

After finishing this class, I am more likely to…

All table values are percentages, rounded to the nearest whole number (n = 92-103)


STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Responsibilities (SENCER)

Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005

After finishing this class, I am more likely to…

All table values are percentages, rounded to the nearest whole number (n = 92-103)


STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Responsibilities (SENCER)

Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005

Scale 1 = Not at all confident to 5 = Extremely confident

Presently, I am confident I can…

Pre-survey vs. Post-survey by student

All table values are number of students


STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Responsibilities (SENCER)

Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005

Scale 1 = Not at all interested to 5 = Extremely interested

Presently, I am interested in…

Pre-survey vs. Post-survey by student

All table values are number of students


C Responsibilities (SENCER)AVEAT

[a HUGE caveat]


Which of these topics do your students find the Responsibilities (SENCER)leastinteresting?



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