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.
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