We are seeking teachers who teach more than one section of middle school science to help us field test the new EcoXPT Curriculum. EcoXPT uses a virtual world to teach the causal dynamics of ecosystems and to help students learn the forms of experimentation and investigation that ecosystems scientists use to understand complex, real world science problems that exist on broad spatial and temporal scales. It helps them to learn the Crosscutting Themes of Patterns and Causality from the Next Generation Science Standards. If you are a teacher who may be interested in having your classes
S. Lynneth Solis and Maleka Donaldson Gramling each won the 2016-2017 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research based upon their scholarly achievements, the quality of their proposed research, and their potential to contribute to education research. To have one winner is wonderful enough, but to have two from the same small lab is extraordinary! The rest of us in the lab who know Maleka and Lynneth are not surprised but we are very, very proud and happy for them!
We have developed and classroom-tested two curriculum modules. Each module is focused on a type of causality that is important to understanding environmental issues and climate change in particular. Module One is called "Becoming Global Thinkers: Thinking About Distant Causes and Effects. It focuses on cases when causes and effects are separated in space and time such that it is challenging to notice them. Module Two is called "Becoming Responsible Individuals: Understanding Distributed Causality." It focuses on cases when many actors play a role in contributing to collective
With the Paris Climate Changes conversations in mind, the Usable Knowledge website at the Harvard Graduate School of Education interviewed Tina Grotzer about how educators can help students understand the complexity of environmental change. You can find a link to the story here: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/15/12/teaching-environment
What Are Innovative Ways to Teach Causality? Part 3: Virtual Worlds The Center for Health and the Global Environment features a video of Tina Grotzer talking about our EcoLearn Projects and the ways that virtual worlds can invite students to reason about the causal dynamics that impact ecosystems and how our actions can impact the health of the environment. It can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rg9RNcIKLI
What Are Innovative Ways to Teach Causality? Part 2: Global Thinking The Center for Health and the Global Environment features a video of Tina Grotzer talking about how ways to focus on global thinking to help students learn to think about the environment. It can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wpm30UjtlD0