Sharing Resources to Promote Teaching Socio-scientific Issues

Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm CC Building Circadian
Round Table Discussion


Megan Plenge, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Many students learn about topics such as natural hazards, resources, and climate change from the media and their community before they enter an Earth or Environmental Sciences classroom. The media- or community- narrative around these topics may be value-driven rather than scientific. How does this impact student understanding, and how should this inform teaching? In addition to a broad discussion around this topic, we will identify useful resources from Teach the Earth and compile a google document of shared resources (lessons, readings, assignments) that can be used to explicitly teach about both the scientific issues and the communication/assimilation of knowledge.