Initial Publication Date: May 27, 2015

Resources on Including Societal Issues in STEM Courses:

Resources from Workshop Participants:

Publications and Reports:

Resources from Programs at Other Institutions:

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Connecting to the world we live in Using real examples (at the local, national, and global scale), field work and contrasting narratives are 4 pedagogic approaches that strengthen the connection between the knowledge and skills learned in class and their application in life. This resource page describes how each method can be implemented at a variety of scales, environments, and disciplines; provide tips on how to incorporate sustainability topics into your course using these methods; and give links to resources that describe the method in more depth.

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Service Learning - Connecting Classroom Learning with Societal Issues Service learning engages students in genuine problem-solving and brings their learning directly into their community. When emphasizing connections with societal challenges, service learning is a natural fit for students to forge working relationships with community partners and to embark on the complex, yet enriching, process of tackling real-world problems.

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Teaching with Local Examples Local examples, including those on campus and in the surrounding community, often offer a rich collection of opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge to real world issues. Further, working in the local environment couples this applied knowledge with an opportunity to improve upon skills such as working with field equipment, critical thinking, and team work. The nature of working with local examples engages students since it builds on their sense of place and can help students make connections between what they learn and their everyday experiences.