Thank you to the many teachers who helped us to test our 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. The program will be ready for free download in the coming weeks. Please check back for updates.
S. Lynneth Solis has been selected to receive the AERA Dissertation Award in Early Education/Child Development for her dissertation entitled, "Sociocultural Context of Play: Experiences of Indigenous Children in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia" completed in May 2018. Lynneth conducted a powerful ethnographic study employing a sociocultural lens to explore the influences on play experiences of Wiwa, Kogi, and Arhuaco children in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. She found a complex system of competing priorities and visions of childhood and that the children,...Read more about S. Lynneth Solis Selected for AERA Dissertation Award in Early Education/Child Development
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...
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