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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
How big are your intro environmental science sections? AnswerEnrollment (a)< 30 (b)30 – 75 (c)75 - 125 (d)> 125
In which formats are intro environmental science courses offered at your institution? AnswerFormat (a)Traditional (b)Trad/Blended (hybrid) (c)Trad/Blended/Online
Making the case for personalization Advocating an approach that utilizes available strategies and resources Applicable in traditional, blended (hybrid), and online courses
For non-majors, engagement isnt tapped, its manufactured
Science isnt my strongest subject… Normally, I hate science, but this doesnt totally suck… But Im not majoring in science… Im taking this course because I have to… Disconnecting starts early and persists…
Millions vs. Billions Your crazy, old, rich uncle dies and wills you his fortune. But you can only have the money once youve 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: A BILLION DOLLARS: About 35 days About 95 years
The Allowance Example A father complained that his daughters $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? Lets see…
0.010.020.040.320.160.080.64 Mon.Tue.Wed.Sat.Fri.Thu.Sun. 1.282.565.1240.9620.4810.2481.92163.84327.68655.365,242.882,621.441,310.7210,485.7620,971.5241,943.0483,886.08671,088.64335,544.32167,772.161,342,177.282,684,354.565,368,709.1210,737,418.24 The Allowance Example All values are in dollars At the end of the month, hed owe his daughter around $21,474,836 …
Approaches for introducing personalizing experiences
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 womens rights are a contributing factor. For which description would bettering womens rights have a large effect? Place total fertility rate in that sentence.
Choose topics with HEAVY personal component Dont avoid topics that can foster great discussion My opinion + FACTS 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?
http://www.lccc.wy.edu/academics/communityEngagement/serviceLearning Field trips & service learning
SA or A (%) 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) SA=strongly agree : A=agree N=neutral : D=disagree : SD=strongly disagree STUDENT SURVEY (KSU): ESA21 Exercises (Traditional Exercises) 2001
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) Design content around socially- relevant issues that engage students and promote civic action Voting Political involvement Environmental volunteering Discussion of science issues Lifestyle Changes
1= Not more likely 2 = A little more likely 3 = Somewhat more likely 4 = Much more likely 5 = Extremely more likely Not Applicable Mean (SD) Engagement with Science Issues Discuss a science-related issue informally11153027150 3.22 (1.21) Discuss a civic or political issue informally7192334160 3.34 (1.17) Read a science-related magazine not required by class 11242925110 3.01 (1.17) Political Action Vote in elections121012193510 3.61 (1.45) Write a letter or email to a public official about a science-related issue 402015 71 2.26 (1.33) Talk with a public official about a civic or science-related issue 3421 1670 2.41 (1.29) Attend a meeting, rally, or protest about a civic or political issue 3925161242 2.14 (1.20) All table values are percentages, rounded to the nearest whole number (n = 92-103) After finishing this class, I am more likely to… STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005 Online SALG pre-survey (first week) and post-survey (end of semester)
All table values are percentages, rounded to the nearest whole number (n = 92-103) After finishing this class, I am more likely to… 1= Not more likely 2 = A little more likely 3 = Somewhat more likely 4 = Much more likely 5 = Extremely more likely Not Applicable Mean (SD) Participatory Activities Participate in science-related civic education452812941 1.95 (1.14) Join a science-related civic organization522510741 1.82 (1.12) Participate in one-time civic events such as walk-a-thons 3323201570 2.39 (1.28) Personal Lifestyle Changes Actively recycle waste products in my house7141930272 3.57 (1.24 Buy a more efficient vehicle12 2524261 3.42 (1.32) Buy a more efficient home or repair the one I have to make it more efficient 10152130193 3.37 (1.25 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005
Confidence Decrease No Change Confidence Increase Mean Difference Discuss scientific concepts with my friends and family 1032590.79 Think critically about scientific findings I read about in the media 1035560.73 Determine what is – and is not – valid scientific evidence 1531540.63 Make an argument using scientific evidence 727670.93 Determine the difference between science and pseudo- science 821671.16 Understand how scientific research is carried out 1628570.59 Understand scientific processes behind important scientific issues in the media 825650.98 Presently, I am confident I can… Scale 1 = Not at all confident to 5 = Extremely confident Pre-survey vs. Post-survey by student STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005 All table values are number of students
Confidence Decrease No Change Confidence Increase Mean Difference Discussing science with friends and family 1239490.55 Reading about science and its relation to civic issues 1629560.60 Taking additional science courses after this one 1635500.55 Majoring is a science-related field 1659200.15 Exploring career opportunities in science 1655280.26 Joining a science club or organization 1265210.18 Teaching science 668240.30 Scale 1 = Not at all interested to 5 = Extremely interested Presently, I am interested in… Science, Society, and the Environment I, Fall 2005 STUDENT ENGAGEMENT SURVEY RESULTS Pre-survey vs. Post-survey by student All table values are number of students