Amanda Manzanares

University of Northern Colorado

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<p class="MsoNormal">I am a PhD candidate at the University of Northern Colorado, studying educational psychology specializing in Geology in the School of Psychological Sciences. After earning my degree, I want to teach and to work with grade school instructors. I would like to help alleviate concerns and/or misunderstandings teachers have regarding teaching geology and/or earth sciences. 

I am currently a part of a research grant funded by NSF. Our research focuses on how students are learning and what students are learning in Interdisciplinary Environmental Program (IEP) introductory courses.  We focus specifically on learning more about what students know to be true about the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus, because common concepts taught in introductory IEP courses concern the FEW Nexus. We will take the information gained to create a Next Generation Concept Inventory, which is an assessment tool that instructors can use to help them gage what their students are learning and have learned about the FEW Nexus in their courses. 

Please, see below for links if you would like to learn more about me and/or our research. 

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 STEM for ALL:

<p class="MsoNormal">Collaborator: SERC at Carleton College

Collaborator: AACR at MSU 

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Student Understanding of Food-Energy-Water Nexus Concepts in Introductory Interdisciplinary Environmental Programs part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Oral Sessions:Oral Session V
To better inform teaching, curricular decision-making, and management of college-level environmental programs (EPs), we are investigating environmental students' foundational knowledge, alternative ...

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