ERIC Number: EJ1041421
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
Pitching Environmental Science to Business Majors: Engaging Students in Renewable Energy Choices
Rodgers, Vikki L.
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n5 p28-32 May 2014
This article describes an active learning strategy for engaging undergraduate business students, a group often ignored in scientific pedagogy, in learning about renewable energy technology and associated trade-offs. I designed a small-group activity to appeal to and engage business students, but the exercise could easily be used for a variety of other groups of students. I coupled this activity with a pre- and postcontent clicker question to survey shifts in student opinions of renewable energy options. I also used a short paper survey to determine the ranking of nine different teaching strategies used to convey new information in the course. Over one third of all students changed their responses between the pre- to postchoices. In-class lectures, followed by class discussions and then video clips, received the highest overall ranking scores for teaching strategies that provided new information. This active learning exercise was designed to mimic an activity that business students are already familiar with, and it provided a platform for students to engage in discussing the value and trade-offs of renewable energy technologies.
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Environmental Education, Group Activities, Audience Response Systems, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Attitude Change, Lecture Method, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Video Technology, Active Learning, Majors (Students), Business Administration Education, Energy, Sustainable Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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