Capstone Project Title
The research question for this project was, how does knowledge of local phenology impact the development of ecoliteracy?It documents a science teacher’s development of a unit of lesson plans, and an accompanying website, to develop observation skills and strategies that will allow students to collect data in their local ecosystem. Phenology, the study and documentation of natural systems over time, is supported by the understanding of observation skills, use of field identification guides, and formats for recording and sharing data which are developed through the lesson plans. The website provides details for two observation sites, models how to collect and share data, and gives background information about common organisms found in the region. The author provides context and support for the project through literature research and analysis, with an emphasis on the use of Next Generation Science Standards and the reintroduction of Environmental Education in general education curriculum. The author reflects on the research and writing process, discusses implications of the activities, suggests possible directions for future study, and indicates where limitations may arise. The value of the project to learners is the ability to develop a deeper connection to the natural world through direct contact that is repeated over time.
Environmental Studies, Science
Hamernick, Amy, "Supporting The Development Of Ecoliteracy In Middle School Students Through The Use Of Phenology" (2018). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 265.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects