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Adapting dendroecology for the secondary classroom - collaborative education development in New Mexico and Arizona
Presented by Mr. Joshua FARELLA on 15 May 2013 from 18:00 to 21:00
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster Session + Reception
Track: Science and decision making
Board #: 25
Successful dissemination of scientific knowledge in a format accessible to the general public is a major contemporary concern, especially concerning issues that impact all people such as wildfire and climate change. This knowledge gap creates a divide between scientific communities and educational systems, limiting dialogue concerning viable environmental solutions. In 2012, LTRR initiated collaborative relationships with 5 teachers from grades 7th to 12th representing 4 schools in an effort to incorporate local and regional ecological knowledge into their school curriculums. Our research project has focused on addressing two important issues - understanding of human-natural coupled ecosystems and exploring different ways to communicate scientific findings and ecological knowledge into schools via lesson design resulting from collaborative relationships between the teachers and researchers. Initial efforts have involved teachers from Tucson, Arizona and the Jemez region of northern New Mexico. Together, we have developed teaching tools designed to promote ecological understanding at a variety of grade levels and cultural backgrounds.