Capstone Project Title
Research has shown that environmental education is an important tool to develop students’ knowledge of the environment and foster more environmentally friendly behaviors (Braun et. al., 2018). Lack of education in waste management and waste reduction fields has led to confusion on where waste goes, what can be recycled, and how students’ can change their behaviors to reduce their waste footprint. This paper investigates waste management in the United States and North Dakota, and how it can be implemented into an environmental education curriculum. The curriculum designed for this project uses this information and these environmental education and behavior change concepts to increase students’ knowledge of waste management and what happens to their recycling and garbage after it is put on their curb. The curriculum was developed for North Dakota middle school students in a formal setting, but is adaptable to other states, informal settings, and lessons can be used as stand-alone supplements to the classroom. The goal of the curriculum is to increase students’ knowledge of waste management and waste reduction activities, and to help facilitate a positive behavior change in their waste reduction behaviors at home, in school, and in the community.
Curriculum, Environmental Studies, Science
Craig, Alexis, "How Can Teachers Utilize A Curriculum To Expand Students’ Knowledge Of Waste Management And Change Their Waste Reduction Behaviors?" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 800.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects