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Development of Assessment Methods for Informal Environmental Engineering Education Modules for K-12 Students (Hands-on Sustainability Session)The goal of informal environmental engineering education practices, specifically focusing onsustainability, is to expose K-12 students to critical environmental issues which will ultimatelyimpact society’s future economic, social-cultural and ecological dimensions. By exposingstudents to the concept of sustainability, which is not formally taught in standard schoolcurricula, students will be more knowledgeable of one of the most pressing concerns facing ourplanet’s future: how to sustainably use our resources now, in order to ensure that futuregenerations will have access to these same resources. Sustainability-themed environmentalengineering modules are developed to go beyond what is taught in a typical classroom settingand build off of standardized curricula. Students should be able to take the core science conceptscommunicated in school, and apply these concepts to the ideas presented in the sustainability-focused activities. The framework used to develop informal sustainability modules is based oncreating interactive, hands-on experiences, which allow students to better grasp and connect tothe topics presented.In order to assess the sustainability modules, and prove that students are grasping the intendedlearning outcomes, assessment tools have been established. Assessment tools are utilized toquantitatively and qualitatively measure what students were able to learn about sustainability,through interaction with a specific environmental engineering module. Assessment methodsinclude multiple choice and open ended questions, as well as personal meaning maps. The goalsof the modules are not only to teach specific facts or definitions relating to the concept ofsustainability, but to also introduce students to the broader concept of sustainability throughmore focused examples. Intended learner outcomes include an increased cognizance of theenvironment and sustainability, identification of how an individual can change their behavior tolive more sustainability, as well as the identification of how society can change present behaviorsto help maintain the planet’s limited supply of resources for future generations.
Citrin, R. A., & Kney, A. D. (2014, June), Investigating Assessment Methods for Informal Environmental Engineering Education Modules for K-12 Students, Specifically Focusing on Sustainability Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20710
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