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Karunanayake, Akila G.; Dewage, Narada Bombuwala; Todd, Olivia Adele; Essandoh, Matthew; Anderson, Renel; Mlsna, Todd; Mlsna, Deb – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Adsorption studies of salicylic acid (SA) and 4-nitroaniline (4NA) from aqueous solutions were performed with magnetic biochar (MBC) in order to train students in analytical techniques such as standard calibration curves, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and chemical separations within the context of wastewater purification. Analysis of samples purified…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Science Education, Chemistry, Scientific Concepts
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Belland, Brian R.; Weiss, D. Mark; Kim, Nam Ju; Piland, Jacob; Gu, Jiangyue – International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 2019
In this study, we investigated how high school credit recovery students worked in small groups and used computer-based scaffolds to conduct scientific inquiry in a problem-based learning unit centered on water quality. We examined how students searched for and evaluated information from different sources, and used evidence to support their claims.…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High School Students, Scientific Research, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Engels, Mary; Miller, Brant; Squires, Audrey; Jennewein, Jyoti S.; Eitel, Karla – Electronic Journal of Science Education, 2019
This study evaluates the effectiveness of a newly developed educational framework for enhancing scientific literacy in rural high school classrooms. The Confluence Approach (TCA) is a curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that utilizes a combination of project-based learning (PrBL) and place-based education (PlBE). TCA…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Active Learning, Student Projects, Place Based Education
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Reed, Megan H.; Jenkins, Tom; Kenyon, Lisa – Science Teacher, 2019
Nitrogen- or phosphorus-based fertilizers, used in agriculture, can run off into nearby waterways during periods of heavy rain or high flow and cause harmful blooms (Paerl et al. 2016), low oxygen (Joyce 2000), and decreased biodiversity (Sebens 1994). Studies of the effects wetlands can have on water and habitat quality (Verhoeven and Meuleman…
Descriptors: Natural Resources, Biodiversity, Grade 9, Ecology
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Walkinshaw, Lina Pinero; Hecht, Christina; Patel, Anisha; Podrabsky, Mary – Journal of School Health, 2019
Background: Youth water consumption is inadequate. Increasing adolescent water consumption could support decreased dental caries and body mass index (BMI). Most schools are required to provide free, potable water. However, there is evidence that schools' self-reported compliance data overestimate access to water in schools. We tested the…
Descriptors: Water, Water Quality, High School Students, Feasibility Studies
Smith, Michael Chadwick – ProQuest LLC, 2015
This dissertation investigated citizen science, a tool that connects the public to the scientific community through research-based projects and education campaigns. Benefits include volunteers adding data to long-term data sets and improved scientific literacy among the public. Oftentimes, there is trepidation among scientists, managers, and…
Descriptors: Science Education, Citizen Participation, Volunteer Training, Water Quality
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Cheng, Anran; Tyne, Rebecca; Kwok, Yu Ting; Rees, Louis; Craig, Lorraine; Lapinee, Chaipat; D'Arcy, Mitch; Weiss, Dominik J.; Salau¨n, Pascal – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
Testing water samples for arsenic contamination has become an important water quality issue worldwide. Arsenic usually occurs in very small concentrations, and a sensitive analytical method is needed. We present here a 1-day laboratory module developed to introduce Earth Sciences and/or Chemistry student undergraduates to key aspects of this…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study
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Meinen, Robert J.; Wijeyakulasuriya, Dhanushi A.; Aucoin, Michael; Berger, Johan E. – Journal of Extension, 2020
We describe Pennsylvania's Commercial Manure Hauler and Broker Certification Program and discuss results of an industry survey. Survey knowledge questions were centered on state-mandated program competencies designed to minimize environmental losses of manure nutrients. Survey results demonstrated that participation in state-directed,…
Descriptors: Extension Education, Program Effectiveness, Knowledge Level, Agricultural Occupations
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Wolfe, Christopher R.; Cedillos-Whynott, Elizabeth M.; Vanni, Michael J. – Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2020
"You Live in a Watershed" is a state park exhibit about watersheds. We conducted a two-pronged assessment of learning and attitudes. Study 1 employed a pretest-intervention-posttest design with 30 children visiting the exhibit on a fieldtrip. We found significant increases in knowledge and attitudes. Study 2 was a quasi-experimental…
Descriptors: Informal Education, Environmental Education, Parks, Exhibits
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Ferris, Theodore A.; Smith, Julia M.; Dunckel, Mary A.; Cullens, Faith; Kuschel, Ashley – Journal of Extension, 2020
Breakfast on the Farm educational farm tours were introduced in Michigan in 2009 to improve consumer knowledge about, impressions of, and trust in modern food production. Over 89,000 participants have attended events on 40 commercial dairy, beef, crop, and fruit farms. This article addresses organization and funding of the events and some of their…
Descriptors: Agriculture, Trust (Psychology), Consumer Education, Extension Education
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Puche, Helena; Holt, Jame – American Biology Teacher, 2012
This semi-guided inquiry activity explores the macroinvertebrate fauna in water sources affected by different levels of pollution. Students develop their ability to identify macroinvertebrates, compare aquatic fauna from different sources of water samples, evaluate water quality using an index, document and analyze data, raise questions and…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Water, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Zimmerman, Heather Toomey; Weible, Jennifer L. – Cultural Studies of Science Education, 2017
Guided by sociocultural perspectives on the importance of place as a resource for learning, we investigated 14- and 15-year old students' understandings of their community and water quality during a school-based watershed unit. Methods included a theory-driven thematic analysis of field notes and video transcripts from four biology classrooms, a…
Descriptors: Place Based Education, Early Adolescents, Water Quality, Experiential Learning
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Campbell, Chelsea – Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2017
The Water Quality Management Technology department at Red Rocks Community College in Denver, CO received a National Science Foundation grant and converted 24 courses from a face-to-face format to online and hybrid formats. The courses were converted to meet a growing employment need within the water industry. The online and hybrid options gave…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Water Quality, Industry
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McBroom, Matthew; Bullard, Steven; Kulhavy, David; Unger, Daniel – International Journal of Higher Education, 2015
Forestry and environmental science students enrolled in a one credit hour freshman seminar course participated in a land management evaluation and water quality sampling excursion using canoes and water sampling equipment. The purpose of this assessment was to engage students with hands-on, field based education in order to foster connections to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Forestry, Natural Resources, First Year Seminars
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Schmid, Andrea N.; Thompson, Jan R.; Bengston, David N. – Applied Environmental Education and Communication, 2007
Effective educational and management programs to improve water quality will require an improved understanding of public perceptions of the relationship between land use and water quality. We analyzed a large database of newspaper articles in the Upper Mississippi River Basin to assess the public discourse about water quality and land use, and…
Descriptors: Water Quality, Environmental Education, Land Use, Earth Science
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