Environmental Connections is a NSF-funded project undertaken by a team of faculty in biology, chemistry, education, and geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The team is revising, implementing, and researching three environmentally focused, pedagogically innovative undergraduate courses. These three courses – one in biology, one in education, and one in geography – are part of the interdisciplinary Minor in Science and Mathematics Education at UCSB. The minor is central to the CalTeach/Science and Mathematics Initiative, a UC-wide effort to recruit and better prepare STEM undergraduates for careers as secondary science and mathematics teachers.
For Additional Information:
Press Release Announcing the Project (from March 16, 2010)
Julie Bianchini and Susan Johnson of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara, along with Jennifer Thorsch from the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, Catherine Gautier from the Department of Geography, and Meredith Murr from the California NanoScience Institute (CNSI), have been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI now TUES) grant of $176,000 to revise, implement, and research three environmentally focused, pedagogically innovative undergraduate courses.
This annual report details the first year of implementation Environmental Connections: its participants, activities, evaluation findings, products, and contributions.