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This page first made public: Jun 18, 2012
Students are given a choice of sources from which to choose an article relevant to the course (Sustainability Science) for review, including connection to other course content.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Grading rubric (Microsoft Word 10kB Jun14 12)
Teaching Notes and Tips
The first assignment presented three potential sources of articles; subsequent assignments in the last course offering changed these. (Students often will just go to whatever has the shortest articles possible when they have total freedom.)
Students occasionally neglect to read all parts of the assignment–they may not pay attention to which parts of Yale 360 are acceptable.
References and Resources
Yale Environment 360 may be particularly useful as a reading source because it has open access.
Environment, much of its access is freely accessible and articles tend to be highly readable.
The Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences (PNAS). Some articles are open access; for others, an institutional or individual subscription may be needed. For some students, articles in this source may be too difficult.