Capstone/Dissertation Title

Incorporating a Supplemental Lesson into Curriculum about Educating Children on the Dangers of Antibacterial Hand Soaps

Term

Fall 12-9-2014

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAED: NSEE

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Renee Wonser

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Liz Hasty

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Mary McCarthy

Abstract

The research question addressed is how to incorporate a supplemental lesson into curriculum on the dangers of antibacterial hand soaps? The motivating factor for this capstone was the chemical and pesticide, triclosan, found in many personal care products, including hand soaps in schools and in homes. Just like many products that are antibacterial, triclosan kills unwanted germs and more! Schools use it to prevent diseases, but what they don’t know are the dangers. The U.S. has an epic fear of germs and being sick. The fight against germs continues, but at what cost? I used a few individuals for the foundation of environmental education in the paper, such as Rachel Carson and Stuart B. Levy. I found Carson’s research on pesticides and Levy’s research on specifically triclosan to be helpful when writing the paper. I decided to use the scientific method and a basic biological experiment to incorporate into an environmental education lesson (informal or formal setting).

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