Using Place-Based Education to Promote STEM Learning and Civic Engagement


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Presentation
04/10/2011 - 12:25pm - 1:55pm
American Educationl Research Association (AERA) 2011 Annual Meeting

Sponsor: SIG-Environmental Education.
Building/Room: Sheraton / Grand Ballroom D

Session Participants:
Model My Watershed: Using Place-Based Education to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning and Watershed Citizenship--*Susan E. Gill (Stroud Water Research Center), *Nanette I. Marcum-Dietrich (Millersville University)
Community Science Investigators: Using Place-Based Service-Learning to Promote Civic Engagement and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Learning--*Rachel Becker-Klein (PEER Associates)
Involving Middle School Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Learning Through Community Engagement--*Karen Michaelson (Tin Can Technologies at Play)
Chair: Rachel Becker-Klein (PEER Associates)

Abstract:
This symposium includes presentations from three different participants in the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. Each program utilizes place-based education (PBE) to impact student outcomes in the realms of learning about science/technology and engaging in their community and the environment. A foundational premise of PBE is that increasing students’ sense of place and attachment to their local environment increases their understanding of natural resources, and can ultimately enhance their ability to learn about and take care of their environment. The goal of this symposium is to provide information about how each of these three projects implemented their PBE programs and how they impacted students’ interest and involvement in their communities.

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Venue: 
New Orleans Marriott and Sheraton
City: 
New Orleans
State: 
LA
Content Area: 
General STEM-related