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Using the GLOBE Program to Educate Students on the Interdependence of Our Planet and People

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Author(s): Sherry S. Herron | Jennifer L. Robertson

Journal: Creative Education
ISSN 2151-4755

Volume: 04;
Issue: 04;
Start page: 29;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: GLOBE Program | Teacher Education | Biomass | Non-Science Majors | Environmental Education

ABSTRACT
We present how we have used GLOBE protocols and programs in a college undergraduate English course for science and non-science majors, “Writing in the Sciences”, and in a graduate-level field course for in-service teachers. Collecting land cover data and determining biomass in conjunction with a series of writing assignments allowed the English students to connect their work to research done in ecosystems throughout the world, and to specific environmental concerns such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and the impact of controlled burning on ecosystems. Teachers demonstrated increased knowledge of ecology, natural histories of various organisms, and awareness of environmental resources. A study conducted the following summer revealed that teachers valued the course and felt that their experiences helped them be more effective teachers. Six of the eight teachers had conducted field activities with their students, but also reported significant challenges associated with the effort.
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