Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
Margot F. Galt
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
Scott A. Haisting
Barbara D. Elvecrog
This capstone addresses challenges faced by a first year high school teacher on an interdisciplinary team integrating social studies into an environmental studies curriculum. After exploring literature in biodiversity, biocultural diversity, and place-based education, the author determines that the existing curriculum can be enhanced to make stronger connections between people and the places already being studied, including the local community. To that end, this paper presents a sub-unit, developed using the Understanding by Design ® model, that seeks to integrate human culture, community, and sense of place into an environmental studies curriculum. The sub-unit includes six weeks of lessons to supplement an existing ten-week unit on biodiversity.
Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Teaching
Kline, Kathy Allen, "Integrating Human Culture, Community, and Sense of Place Into an Existing High School Environmental Studies Curriculum" (2015). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 184.