Term

Spring 5-12-2016

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Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Karen Moroz

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kristen Poppleton

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Jothsna Harris

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, how can the Next Generation Science Standards be utilized as a framework to create a climate change curriculum? It documents the creation of the middle school climate change curriculum, Next Generation Climate. The curriculum integrates experiential education, argumentation, and modeling all using the most current climate change science. This curriculum was created out of the need for more resources that aligned with the NGSS and to provide educators with the tools to correctly provide climate literacy to their students. The author documents the details of writing the curriculum and uses research literature to validate the curriculum and back up the science. She describes both successes and struggles in writing and creating the lessons and provides a resource for teachers to educate students about the impacts, repercussions, and solutions of climate change.

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Curriculum Development

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