Assessing Student Learning of Socio-Environmental Systems

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Award Year: 
2015
Principal Investigator: 
Cynthia Wei, SESYNC
Ana Luz Porzecanski, AMNH
Kim Landrigan, AMNH
Associated Program: 

This workshop (co-organized by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity & Conservation) brings together a diverse group of educational researchers, scientists, and educators to synthesize and evaluate assessment tools and approaches that can be used for teaching and learning about socio-environmental systems, particularly through case studies. We will collect best practices, explore new opportunities, and identify remaining gaps.

As focal points for the workshop, we will consider assessment of the following learning goals:

  • Students understand the structure and behavior of socio-environmental systems.
  • Students are able to work across natural and social sciences’ disciplinary boundaries.

For each of these learning goals, we will consider:

  • What should students know and be able to do to demonstrate competency?
  • What tools and practices are used to assess student learning of this goal?
  • What research informs these assessment practices and tools?
  • How can they be integrated into case study teaching?
  • How effective are these tools and practices? Are there others that are needed? What is missing?
Participants: 
Veronica Boix Mansilla, Harvard University
Michael Deaton, James Madison University
Cara Gormally, Gallaudet University
Steven Gray, University of Massachusetts Boston
Martha Groom, University of Washington
Dave Hawthorne, SESYNC
Rebecca Jordan, Rutgers University
Deedra McClearn
Teresa Shume, Minnesota State University
Caroline Solomon, Gallaudet University
Eleanor Sterling, AMNH
David Stokes, University of Washington
Jessica Vogt, Furman University
Jill Wertheim, Stanford University
Chris Wilson, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
Associated SESYNC Researcher(s): 
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