Richard David Gragg III: Using Lead in the Environment in Fundamental of Environmental Science at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
About this CourseAn introductory course for non-majors.
A Success Story in Building Student Engagement
My course, Fundamentals of Environmental Science, is one of four sections taught spring and fall semesters. The course serves an introductory environmental science course for non-science majors, with a fairly broad environmental emphasis. I engage the students through lectures and discussions in the context of case studies; a co-authored online textbook: Your Environmental Connections; essay assignments and exams; and a final creative project presentation. This module substituted an existing module on the same topic in the syllabus.
The module materials and activities increased my capacity to provide a rich reflective participatory learning experience linking science to existing health and public policy issues. I was more able to better instruct my students in the contexts of systems thinking and geoscience habits of mind as well as connecting the syllabus themes and topics.
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterialsThe module was modified through the addition of a video on lead in the environment; an invited student guest speaker about the lead contamination in Flint Michigan; and we listened to rapper from Detroit talk about his families experience and perform a spoken word performance about the Flint crisis on the National Public Radio Show Fresh Air.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to My Course
Fundamentals of Environmental Science is a semester long course. Topics were introduced in the following order: Introduction and Overview: Framework of Environmental Science; Module I: The Context and Framework of Impact Assessment; Module II: Impact Analysis: Integrating Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives; Module III: The Built Environment: Impacts and Assessments; Module IV: Atmospheric Science, Environmental Chemistry, Geosciences and Ecology; and Module V: Environment and Society: Lead in the Environment. Module material was referenced throughout the course when the opportunity presented itself via lecture, case studies, current events/issues and/or supplemental materials.