Capstone Project Title
Environmental education plays a major role in developing environmentally literate citizens who are prepared as future leaders and problem solvers in the environmental field. A personalized learning model supports the goals of environmental education by allowing students to determine individual goals, providing students autonomy to make their own choices, and giving students learner agency to use their voice and take action in their communities (Rickabaugh, 2016). This capstone project addresses the question: How can personalized learning in the environmental classroom inspire student-led environmental action and advocacy? The project includes a personalized learning curriculum to be utilized in a sixth grade environmental science classroom with a unit outline, linked lesson plans, and other resources to support educators. Students complete an environmental journal, where they reflect on their connections to nature and impact on the environment. The unit also includes an individual environmental research project in which students choose an environmental topic that is meaningful to them and create an action or advocacy plan to contribute towards positive environmental change. The goal of this unit is to provide educators with tools that encourage students to utilize their individual strengths and backgrounds to make positive changes in their local and global communities.
Curriculum, Environmental Studies
Bingea, Sarah, "How Can Personalized Learning In The Environmental Classroom Inspire Student-Led Environmental Action And Advocacy?" (2022). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 801.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects