Volume IV: What works, what matters, what lasts
Disciplines & Programs
Research on learning: Potential for improving college ecology teaching
- Charlene D'Avanzo, Professor of Ecology & Dean of Natural Science - Hampshire College
Most STEM faculty have little knowledge of current research regarding student learning. This is detrimental to society as a whole because high attrition rates in STEM courses lead to fewer scientists and engineers. In her paper, D'Avanzo explores how STEM faculty (particularly ecologists) can become more effective educators.
What matters: A PKAL presentation
Using environmental issues to transform the learning environment– top to bottom: The Middlebury College experience
– Nan Jenks-Jay, Director of Environmental Affairs & Planning– Middlebury College
Middlebury designated environmental studies and awareness as one of its six "academic peaks of excellence," and has integrated the environment into its academic program, organizational and management structure and into its plans for the future. They have created a community with a shared vision and goal.
PKAL F21 reports and perspectives:
Jump for the Sun Program
Mary Crowe, Associate Professor of Biology- Coastal Carolina University
Complex Environmental Systems - Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century, A 10-Year Outlook for the National Science Foundation
"The report presents a ten-year outlook for environmental research and education and argues that we need to develop environmental synthesis to frame integrated interdisciplinary research questions and activities to merge data, approaches, and ideas across spatial, temporal, and societal scales."