Creative Inquiry

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Engaging Elementary Teachers and Students in Outdoor Learning Experiences


The purpose of this project is to support elementary teachers in effectively integrating outdoor learning environments (e.g. school courtyards) and mobile learning into their science curriculum. This project will connect with another CI project (Design + Build, a CI project that engages students in researching, designing, and building elementary school courtyards as outdoor learning centers) in that we will develop and refine learning activities and supplemental materials for using school courtyards to engage students in learning science with mobile learning (i.e. iPads). The modules developed for this project will integrate science with other academic disciplines and mobile technology to address state and national science standards (i.e. Next Generation Science Standards) as well as other subject area standards (e.g. literacy and mathematics) while engaging students in environmental science themes. In addition to developing these modules, we will assess teachers’ beliefs about and implementation of the outdoor activities and our modules to support their science instruction. Research on the teachers’ use and beliefs about the learning modules will used to refine the modules and develop additional supplemental resources and activities that will support elementary teachers in effectively using their outdoor learning environments for teaching and learning integrated environmental science.

Team Leader(s)

Cynthia Deaton, PhDTeacher Education
Bradley J Putman, PhDCivil Engineering

This project needs students. Click here for details.

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