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This curriculum project of Sea Grant and the Geographic Alliance in a number of states, has produced a large number of activities for teaching about nonindigenous species. Some samples are available, such as What Would You Do?
The looseleaf set, edited by Robin Gregory, Robert T. Clemen, Terre Satterfield, and Tom Stone, has a 28-minute videotape as well as about 30 lessons. According to the developers, "The modules are built around eight themes identified as keys to successful decisionmaking. These range from defining the decision context to creating alternatives, identifying their consequences and making tradeoffs as part of negotiations with peers." Researchers worked with secondary teachers to develop the materials under a grant from the National Science Foundation.
Topics of the decisions include
career planning, geography (vacations, map purposes), social
studies (voting and cultural differences), history (WorldWar II),
mathematics and life skills. The science topics include
old-growth forests, AIDS, extinction, genetic testing, power
plants, air quality, and inventions.
Decisions Based on Science, by Vincent Campbell, Jocelyn Lofstrom, and Brian Jerome, 1997.
A product of the National Science Teachers Association, Arlington, VA ISBN #0873551656. 2002 cost about $20.
The description states, "Nothing is more important than educating the next generation of decision makers. [This book] introduces students to the skills they need to make decisions. Students do not just memorize information, but use scientific ways of thinking to make everyday decisions." The 132-page book has ten guided activities and another 14 independent exercises over a broad range of science content for grades 9-12 and college. Assessment rubrics are included and journals are encouraged.
Topics include decisions on
immunications, ozone, speed limits, zoos, marine resources, diet,
energy sources, old growth forests, for example. We used this as
the textbook for the 2002 Stone Lab course that generated the
curriculum materials at this web site.
Produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting as part of the Enviro-Tacklebox project, 2003. http://www.envirotacklebox.org
"Author and science educator Michael DiSpecia ios the moderator for this hour-long professional development workshop which takes teachers through the decision-making process outlined in the book by the same name. Participants are presented with several common problems for which they must use a variety of decision-making strategies to solve." A professionally produced DVD, it has closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting,
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