*Recruiting High School Science Teachers to Participate in the * */Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum/**Field-test Program* ** ** *Introduction*Message 1 of 1 , Sep 29, 2011View Source
Recruiting High School Science Teachers to Participate in the
Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum Field-test Program
Climate change education on the Colorado Plateau is vital as communities in this region are particularly vulnerable to the environmental and societal effects of a changing climate. Effective education about climate change requires an understanding of the science of climate change as well as an integration of impacts and solutions that are regionally and culturally relevant. The Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University (NAU) received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create educational materials that integrate climate change and regional impacts on landscapes with local solutions that address promising technologies for this area. We have created the Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum with 10 lessons that can be implemented over a two-week period.
Magnolia Consulting, LLC, an external, independent consulting firm specializing in research and evaluation will work with NAU to conduct a field-test study of Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum. (For more information on Magnolia Consulting, visit www.magnoliaconsulting.org).
Field Test Study Purpose and Design
The study will take place in the spring of the 2012 school year with teachers and students in high school science classrooms. The purposes of this field-test are to understand
v how teachers integrate the Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum materials into their instruction
v teacher perceptions of the quality and utility of the materials for teaching climate change science and solutions and to obtain feedback on how to improve materials;
v changes in student understanding of climate change science as a result of using the curriculum; and
v changes in student attitudes toward climate change as a result of using the curriculum.
Participation in the field-test study of the Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum is an exciting opportunity for educators to help improve materials designed to strengthen student understanding of climate change. Students in the Colorado Plateau region will benefit from the improvements to the materials based on teacher feedback and student attitude and achievement results from the study.
As an incentive for participation, teachers will receive the Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum educational materials free of charge. Participating teachers will also have access to the complete BSCS Carbon Connections curriculum upon which the regional materials are based. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning will provide professional development and support in use of the materials and relevant science content. Participating teachers will receive a $1000 stipend for participation in the study. Participating teachers will receive the stipend in three payments (beginning, middle and end-of-study) dependent on completion of all data collection requests. Teachers must agree to implement all ten lessons in the curriculum for two weeks between the months of January and March of 2012 and to attend professional development sessions, including a full day training session prior to implementing the curriculum.
Minimum requirements for using the Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum are access to computers with Internet browsers and Flash capabilities. The curriculum can be used off-line. The curriculum requires a computer for every 1-2 students.
Magnolia Consulting protects participant confidentiality and will adhere to district processes and requirements for human subjects review. Magnolia Consulting understands the practical realities of conducting studies with schools and educators while adhering to the highest possible research standards. Evaluators are aware of the demands on participants’ time and appreciate their thoughtful consideration of this effort.
Evaluators will collect the following data for this study:
v Evaluation data on Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum professional development sessions
v Classroom observations during curriculum implementation
v Teacher interviews after implementation (one interview lasting approximately 30 minutes)
v Teacher implementation survey (approximately 20 minutes completion time)
v Group-administered climate change student assessment (two administrations at beginning and end of implementation; 30 minutes completion time)
v Group-administered student climate change attitude survey (two administrations at beginning and end of implementation; approximately 15 minutes completion time per administration);
v Teacher and student demographic data
· For questions about the Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections Curriculum or field test contact Nikki Cooley by phone at 928.856.1281 or email Nikki.Cooley@... OR Joelle Clark by phone at 928.523.8797 or email Joelle.Clark@....
· For questions regarding the study requirements, contact Dr. Carol Haden via phone, 928.600.6641 or email, Carol@....
· For questions regarding the NSF funded Climate Change Science and Solutions Project contact Dr. Jane Marks at 928.523.0918 or by email, Jane.Marks@....