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Mercer University - Providing Cultural and Regional Relevance to Issues of Global Sustainability

Dr. Colleen P. Stapleton, Mercer University
Dr. Jeffrey S. Hall, Mercer University
Dr. Sabrina Walthall, Mercer University
Dr. Timothy Craker, Mercer University
Dr. Jane M. Metty, Mercer University (Co-leader 2014-2015)
Initial Publication Date: January 27, 2015


The Mercer University program utilizes place-based learning to engage its mainly non-traditional adult student community. Utilizing InTeGrate materials and pedagogies as well as virtual field trips, the Mercer program ties sustainability to local issues, helping increase its relevance in students' lives. In addition, the program aims to increase Earth Literacy in K8 education through offering coursework and professional development workshops to students and pre-service teachers.Learn more about Mercer University's
Dept. of Mathematics, Science, and Informatics »

About the Program

At Mercer University, faculty in Penfield College (liberal arts and professional studies) and Tift College (education) used InTeGrate materials across the general education curriculum and education courses to engage students with the human stories that illustrate adaptation to and mitigation of climate change and other issues in sustainability. Serving mainly non-traditional, working adult students who are invested in their communities, with a population of greater than 50% race/ethnic minorities and greater than 70% women, we incorporated examples of regional environmental sites into InTeGrate assignments in order to link their lives more directly to sustainability issues. This project supports Mercer University's continuing efforts to aid K-12 teachers who want to develop STEM-related literacy in their students.

Program Goals:

  1. Increase number of faculty who include Integrate materials and pedagogies in courses
  2. Increase the number and diversity of learners who study/participate in Integrate materials
  3. Include virtual field trips from local and regional sites (Georgia and southeastern USA) in Integrate materials to increase student interest in issues of sustainability
  4. Increase the number of K-8 teachers in Georgia who incorporate Earth literacy in their classrooms

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