Implementation Programs: Incorporating Geoscience throughout the Curriculum
These implementation programs will strive to:
- develop a new vision for how geoscience is positioned in higher education,
- infuse geoscience throughout the curriculum,
- leverage existing geoscience, environmental science, and engineering programs to address solutions for societal problems, and
- engage younger students in the geosciences as a mechanism for increasing geoscience enrollment.
The implementation programs will result in the development of at least 26 models of ways to bring geoscience to a diverse range of disciplines, institutions, and networks, as well as provide the documentation and resources necessary to help other groups implement similar programs.
Pilot Implementation Programs
The initial set of implementation programs will be developed by the InTeGrate project team.
A University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) cluster is fostering collaboration among a dual-enrollment high school, a two-year college, and a comprehensive university to interest, prepare, and support students to complete four year degrees in geoscience, environmental science, or Earth science education. An integral piece of this collaboration is the use of InTeGrate materials across the programs. UTEP is an urban, minority-serving institution with over 60% first-generation college students. More than 80% of the students at UTEP are from the El Paso region and nearly all graduates in primary or secondary education go on to teach in the local school districts. Thus, this program provides an excellent opportunity for implementing strategies for engaging students underrepresented in the sciences and for studying the impact of the program in a relatively closed system.
Stanford University will demonstrate the ways in which collaboration can be built between minority serving institutions (MSI), including two-year colleges, and graduate programs in the Earth sciences. The program will focus on engaging Stanford University School of Earth Sciences graduate students and postdocs in teaching with InTeGrate materials at targeted MSI/2YCs.
A coalition of state schools across the state of Washington led by Central Washington University will demonstrate how institutions can collaborate within a state to improve teacher preparation. Working through groups such as Teachers of Teachers of Science and the northwest section of the NAGT, this network will integrate geoscience methods and pedagogy modules developed through this proposal into science content courses.
Grant-Funded Implementation Programs
Beginning in 2014, institutions or clusters of institutions will be able to apply for $50,000 grants to develop approximately 20 new implementation programs. These programs will:
- make use of project materials,
- model innovative ways to increase the number of students developing geoscience literacy, and
- contribute to the preparation of a workforce equipped to bring geosciences to bear in solving societal issues.
Building on workshops offered by the Building Strong Geoscience Departments program, InTeGrate workshops extend understanding the relationship between program offerings and the diverse workforce equipped to address the resource and environmental challenges faced by society. These workshops and the web resources they produce form a foundation for teams as they develop proposals for implementation programs. These program-level workshops began in 2012 and include:
- Programs that Bring Together Geoscience and Sustainability
- Geoscience and the 21st Century Workforce: Considering undergraduate programs in the context of changing employment opportunities
- Broadening Access to the Earth and Environmental Sciences: Increasing the Diversity of Undergraduate Students Learning About the Earth
Application guidelines for developing new implementation programs will be released in Fall 2013.