Intergation of Environmental Sustainability into Clare 302 (Inquiry in the Natural World)
Integrating EnvironmentalSustainability in Clare 302:“Inquiry in the Natural World”
Overview of Proposal Introduction Rational Goals Objectives Research Syllabus/Description How this project meets the goals of the Fellowship
Mary Yankelovich Endowed Fellowship The Mary Yankelovich Endowed Fellowship program‟s mission is to not only recognize exceptional talent and character, but also promoting and developing it. Those dedicated to transformation of society based on the Franciscan ideals of peace, justice, reconciliation, and service are granted this endowed fellowship to create a service project.
ProposalInquiry in the Natural World project is to :1. Modify the lecture into a specialized version of the Clare 302 lecture that focuses on environmental sustainability in the natural sciences.2. The laboratory section is more specialized to tailor subjects cover in lecture as well as expanding the laboratory role outside the classroom into the community.
GoalsBeyond the 5 year plan!Strengthen Franciscan PerspectiveEncourage Interest in ClareCollegeExpand Environmental ProgramDesign a Research ComponentSpecial ApproachEnd goal of the course is to combinetheory and practice to develop thevalues of discovery, communityand respect
Why did I chose this Project? Experience in hands-on teaching Passion for environmental issues Relationship-building Saw an opportunity Turned off non-science students Students didn‟t see larger picture of the sciences „What do the sciences matter to me?‟ No Franciscan link to the Clare College Lack of differentiated learning opportunities
Objectives Build in a community outreach opportunities through the lecture/laboratory component Differentiate curriculum topics, projects and group work Weave a thread of Franciscan thought through each topic Design a program that itself can be sustainable and reused into a new program
Research Who did I confer with What did I read How did I implement Where do I see it going What did I learn
Building CapacityInquiry in the Natural World (Lect/Lab)FacultySustainability Minor Faculty TeamEducation FacultySustainability Coordinating CommitteeCanticle FarmFacilitiesUniversity MinistryCare for Creation in Washington, DCSierra ClubOther UniversitiesSaint Bonaventure Students
Literature Differentiated Instruction and Understanding by Design Community-Based Research and Higher Education Cradle-to-Cradle Omnivore‟s Dilemma Canticle of Creatures History of Cattaraugus County Natural Capitalism
History of Change in Clare 302 Classic Clare 302 Rise of our modern scientific understanding of the natural world from ancient Egyptian, Persian and Greek civilizations throughout the end of the 20th century Specialized Clare 302 (2008) 10 topics – 2nd half considers the practical importance in the second half of the semester. Some examples of specialized courses include weather and climate modification, evolutionary biology, astronomy, drugs, and alternative medicine and wellness. This was to assess both student learning and student satisfaction with different approaches to the teaching of Clare 302, providing a data-driven approach to future revision of the course.
Implementation Formation of a Course Proposal Use for Clare 302 Open to modification Sample topics/units Formed new community outreach opportunities
1. Students will examine the mode of inquiry of the natural sciences.Topics in the “specialized” area 1. Understanding the naturalare framed under: phenomena Conservation of Energy 2. Analyzing arguments, Atomic Modeling reasons and data Living matter on Earth 3. Understanding society 4. Thinking historically 5. Interpretation of texts 6. Creating as a means of discovery and exploration
2. Students will apply investigatory skills of the natural sciences in a problem-solving context. Example: in the Laboratory Experimental laboratory Community-based research
2. Students will apply investigatory skills of the natural sciences in a problem-solving context.Experimental laboratoryExperimentation: Form a hypothesis, form dependent and independent variables, perform the experiment and write up the results in standard scientific formatData gathering: (Soil Content) Pre-lab: Reading, role-play and talking about the local area. Investigative: observations, relate soil to plants and nutrients. Lab: define, composition, consistency, pH, test for organic material, chemical composition. Application: Compost, fermentation lab, and farming (may fit school or local needs)Others: New Climate Modeling program, existing labs
2. Students will apply investigatory skills of the natural sciences in a problem-solving context.Community-based research in lab (highlighted in weeks 3,5,7 and 14)Individual Introductory Media Presentation: to have students understand the scientific method, understand how scientists follow this method, learn the correct PowerPoint presentation rules, and be introduced to an environmental issue of their choice.Group Project: group of 4 students collaborate with a on-campus group or community to make a social change and present it to where it will make an impact in any mode of presentation.Individual Research Project: students use their personal strengths to take what they have learned in the classroom and provide real world examples and possible solutions.
Community Research Suggestions This section gives examples of opportunities in which the student may devise a group project to volunteer on a constant basis, propose a solution to an issue and document efforts. This is included under the laboratory section.Canticle Farm: Business Water Armark (Dining Services) Maintenance Are NGOs evading the Testing local streams Work on their “ Green problem of addressing regularly Thread” Program poverty, environmental issues Farm Sale Stand and hunger? Track this program What is the price of water here in comparison to other Expansion of land Do businesses around the nations? Do we have cleaner Help with the composting Bonaventure land or across local area have social water? Compare and contrast transition the river responsibility plans or social two nations water supplies. business plans? Healthiest of food Moving of compost from Examine Coca Cola vs. Indian Bonaventure to Canticle Farm In what ways can a local Farmers and compare and business become more cost contrast this with the people Address the limitations of effective while also reducing of Pennsylvania and variety Testing of soil and water their impact? hydrofracking companies. Plastics Seasonal turnover Poverty Energy Recycling program expansion Addressing biodiversity loss Determine how much food is Working with Facilities not going towards feeding people Pollution Perform an analysis of energy efficiency on a local home, Why are agricultural business or a campus building Testing water, soil and air professionals the hungriest people in the world? Brownfield areas Hydrofracking locations in PA and test areas in NY
3. Students will analyze a sequence of discoveries that illustrate the ongoing scientific process.Story line approach already in place in lectureNew topics in the “specialized” area are framed under: Conservation of Energy: sources of energy Atomic Modeling: chemistry of plastics Cycles: Carbon, Nitrogen and Water Living matter on Earth: photosynthesis, genetics, climate change
Goal Driven OutcomesStrengthen Franciscan Perspective Through service, appreciation of the natural worldEncourage Interest in Clare College Collaboration between students and faculty to buildrespectExpand Environmental Program Interest in Environmental studies/science as well assustainability and social justiceDesign a Research Component Independent/group community research andexperimental researchSpecial Approach Each student discovers the potential for the sciences in their lives andstudiesUpon completion of this course, students will have a conceptual framework to assess stresses to environmental sustainability and develop practical solutions in a creative, Franciscan, and scientific manner
Who will benefit? Students – across all disciplines Faculty – across all disciplines Coordinators Community Service Groups
Learning OutcomesOutreach into the community is vital as a universitystudentMany Clare College changesOrganizational skillsHow a curriculum is formedLeadership skillsFurther Research: Competitive Analysis
Thank you for this opportunity! -Sinead Coleman „12
Topic Idea Topics Discoveries Idea Sustainabilit y Aspect Fransican 1 Scientific Inquiry in the Natural World Bacon, Descartes, Boyle Copernicus, Ptolemy, Aristotle, Brahe, Before sicentific investigation, the universe was 2 Model of Universe Kepler, thought to be organized very differently.1. What do scientist do (and why)? 3 Motion Galileo, Newton Energy exists in many forms 4 Gravity Kepler, Descartes, Hooke, Newton, Einsten2. Astronomy Lavoisier, Boyle, 5 Matter Charles Scientific theories Conservatio3. Physics n of energy. 6 Atoms Joule, Watt, Gas laws. Energies - kinetic etc. Mendeleev, Elements,4. Gravity 7 Elements Rutherford, beging Thompson atomic level Polymers etc. Gibbs,5. Matter –Plastic based from atoms to plastic compounds Krebs, Michealis Chemical chemcial reactions how they alow to 8 Chemical reactions drive endergonic reactions and Menton reactions flow of energy6. Energy 9 Natural Selection, Genetics Watson and Crick, Darwin, Mendel 10 Local and Global Environment Hutton7. Carbon and Water http://web.sbu.edu/clare/courses/CLAR%20102.html Cycles8. Genetics9. Food