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ERIC Number: EJ1011735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Green Action through Education: A Model for Fostering Positive Attitudes about STEM
Wheland, Ethel R.; Donovan, William J.; Dukes, J. Thomas; Qammar, Helen K.; Smith, Gregory A.; Williams, Bonnie L.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v42 n3 p46-51 Jan 2013
This paper describes an innovative collaboration between instructors of non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses and scientists who teach STEM courses in the GATE (Green Action Through Education) learning community. The scientists in this project presented engaging science--in such diverse locations as a sewage treatment plant and a pristine stream--to students whose indicators did not predict their success in a traditional science classroom. The non-STEM instructors designed all of their speaking, writing, and career planning activities around the STEM content presented by the scientists. The collaborative efforts integrated the message in a way that is seldom achieved in universities with a discrete-learning setup. This paper presents evidence of a statistically significant change in the GATE students' attitudes toward STEM. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A