A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online as part of the Carleton College Science Education Resource Center Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project. The CZ course introduces and examines the life-sustaining services and resources provided by the CZ using publicly-available CZO data and literature. It emphasizes a systems approach to understanding Earth systems and aims to develop student learning and critical thinking skills.
The course was designed by an interdisciplinary team led by CZO National Office Coordinator Tim White and the following team: Adam Wymore (Univ. of New Hampshire), Adam Hoffman (Univ. of Dubuque), Ashlee Dere (Univ. of Nebraska-Omaha), James Washburne (Univ. of Arizona), Martha Conklin (Univ. of California, Merced), and Susan Gill (Stroud WRC). The team also authored a manuscript to be published in the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Geoscience Education.
Find all the free course material here.
Also, check out Ashlee Dere's poster, "Implementing InTeGrate Critical Zone Science materials in an undergraduate geoscience curriculum," on the pre- and post-testing administered in CZ Science courses piloted across a range of institutions at Earth Educators Rendezvous 2017.
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Adam Hoffman - University of Dubuque
Susan Gill - Stroud Water Research Center
Integrated Interdisciplinary Science of the Critical Zone as a Foundational Curriculum for Addressing Issues of Environmental Sustainability. Timothy White, Adam Wymore, Ashlee Dere, Adam Hoffman, James Washburne, and Martha Conklin (2017): Journal of Geoscience Education Vol. 65, No. 2, pp. 136-145