EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments

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Collaboration, interdisciplinary thinking, and communication: new approaches to K–12 ecology education

Ecologists often engage in global-scale research through partnerships among scientists from many disciplines. Such research projects require collaboration, interdisciplinary thinking, and strong communication skills. We advocate including these three practices as an integral part of ecology education at the kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12) level, as opposed to waiting until the graduate level. Current discourse about K–12 ecology education focuses on promoting lessons in which students learn science by conducting research rather than simply reading textbooks. Here, we present five models of K–12 ecology education programs that emphasize collaboration, interdisciplinary thinking, and communication within student research projects on the ecology of drylands and other ecosystems. Such practices not only provide additional skills for future ecologists but also prepare students for success in any career as well as for ecologically literate citizenship.

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    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1890/140130/full

Status: Complete
Type: Project
Data Types: Report
Primary Contact
Sparrow, Elena
Email: ebsparrow@alaska.edu
Primary Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Funding Agency
EPSCoR - Alaska Adapting to Changing Environments
Type
Academic

Other Agencies
National Science Foundation

ISO Topics
environment, society

Geo-keywords
Alaska

Collection
Education, Outreach, and Diversity (EOD)

Direct Record Link
http://epscor.portal.gina.alaska.edu/catalogs/11719-collaboration-interdisciplinary-thinking-and
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