Summer 2019 - EDUC 454 E100
Quantitative Approaches to Environmental Education (4)
Class Number: 4201
Delivery Method: In Person
Integrating mathematical, scientific and socio-cultural methods and processes of learning across the curriculum and in teaching practice. Students will experience and apply approaches that are situated in the practices of environmental and social scientists through modelling, simulation and evaluation. Students who have completed EDUC 452 may not complete this course for further credit Quantitative.
This course provides an introduction to environmental education, specifically in terms of qualitative and quantitative techniques used in environmental studies. Readings and activities will focus on ecological thinking and holistic approaches in environmental reasoning, with a view to constructing interdisciplinary approaches and activities for school curricula.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
(1) explore how mathematical reasoning impacts environmental curriculum and instruction,
(2) learn about environmental assessment techniques that include scientific, mathematical and socio-cultural perspectives,
(3) develop environmental education lessons and activities that include mathematical reasoning, and
(4) critically examine different approaches to environmental education through readings, film and other media.
- Environmental Theme Study/Unit Plan 40%
- Environmental Me Project 30%
- Weekly Canvas Discussion Forums 30%
The Environmental Theme Study/Unit Plan is a group project (3-4 people) in curriculum development for environmental education. It will be presented to the class in July. Details will be discussed in class.
The Environmental Me Project is an individual project or paper based on an interest you have in environmental studies and education. This can be a project that you conduct throughout the summer semester, resulting in a short paper or report based on your findings.
Weekly discussion forums will be housed in Canvas and will respresent an opportunity for you to extend our weekly face-to-face meetings with further discussion and analysis about the various materials, readings and media used in the course.
Note: Students who have completed EDUC 452 may not complete this course for further credit.
British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2007). Environmental Learning and Experience: An interdisciplinary guide and video clips for teachers. http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/environment_ed/environ_learning_exper.pdf
British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2008). Sustainable Resources 11 and 12. Integrated Resource Package. http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/irp/pdfs/sciences/2008susres1112.pdf
British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2008). The Environmental Learning and Experience Curriculum Maps: Environment and Sustainability Across BC’s K-12 Curricula. http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/environment_ed/ele_maps.pdf
British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2010). Sustainable Schools: Best Practices Guide. http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/greenschools/pdfs/sustbestpractices.pdf
British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2010). Sustainability Course Content: A Curriculum Framework. http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/greenschools/pdfs/sustcoursecontent.pdf
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