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Title: Service-Learning Curriculum Increases Climate Change Awareness
National efforts to reform undergraduate education have highlighted the need to relate abstract concepts in biology to real-world examples, especially for non-majors who may undervalue scientific processes. We therefore decided to introduce a module titled “Climate Change, Sustainable Practices and Plastic Pollution,” utilizing such high-impact practices as service-learning. This module involved connecting the course objectives with three hours of community service. Our mixed-methods approach across two different course iterations (n=117) indicated that at the end of the course, non-majors were significantly more likely to agree with all the statements on an open-ended pre- and post-survey about civic engagement and sustainable practices, as adapted from Dauer and Forbes (2016). Focus group and free response data confirmed that students valued service-learning and connected the experience to both learning objectives and their everyday lives. We therefore recommend service-learning as an active engagement tool to teach concepts related to global climate change and environmental pollution.  more » « less
Award ID(s):
1826988
NSF-PAR ID:
10164957
Author(s) / Creator(s):
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Date Published:
Journal Name:
Science education civic engagement
Volume:
12
Issue:
1
ISSN:
2167-1230
Page Range / eLocation ID:
18-40
Format(s):
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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