Experiential Learning for Enhancing Environmental Literacy Regarding Energy: A Professional Development Program for Inservice Science Teachers
Mark Bloom 1 * , Sarah Quebec Fuentes 2
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1 Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, USA
2 Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
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Abstract

This article describes results of a professional development (PD) program for inservice science teachers. The PD integrated experiential learning to enhance participants’ literacy regarding energy production and associated environmental costs. The PD focused on six energy sources and environmental politics that must be navigated to make decisions about their sustainability. Participants toured energy extraction/production sites including coal mines, hydroelectric dams, wind farms, and nuclear power plants. At each site, participants encountered differing perspectives on the environmental costs and benefits of the energy sources. Group discussions allowed for sharing participants’ thoughts on each perspective and mathematical modeling was used as a tool for evaluating each energy source. Data included pre- and post-content assessments and PD evaluation surveys. Analysis revealed the role that experiential learning played in changed perspectives on energy production, content knowledge growth, and impacts on the participants’ own classroom teaching.

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Article Type: Research Article

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejmste/103571

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2019 - Volume 15 Issue 6, Article No: em1699

Publication date: 01 Feb 2019

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