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ERIC Number: EJ1023637
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Reforming an Undergraduate Environmental Science Course for Nonscience Majors
Kazempour, Mahsa; Amirshokoohi, Aidin
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n2 p54-59 Nov 2013
This article discusses the key components of a reform-based introductory undergraduate environmental science course for nonscience majors and elementary teacher candidates as well as the impact of such components on the participants. The main goals for the course were to actively engage the students in their learning and, in doing so, to enhance their level of environmental literacy, sense of social responsibility, and activism. The course aimed to augment students' understanding of ecological concepts; environmental issues; the scientific, technological, and social (political, economical, cultural) basis of these issues; as well as the ideas of sustainability and environmental stewardship. The five essential components of the course are described. In addition, the impact of the course on students' (a) understanding of and attitude toward science, (b) understanding of environmental concepts and issues, and (c) attitude toward environmental issues and their role in the environment will be discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
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