HAS BEEN AWARDED A THREE-YEAR
GRANT FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
|Many states, including New Jersey and New York, have developed Core Content Curriculum Standards, Curriculum Frameworks, and assessment instruments that call for the integration of content areas such as science, mathematics, technology, and social science. This project will enable SCIENCE and SOCIAL SCIENCE teachers in grades 9-12 to address the need to integrate science and use technology to elucidate interdisciplinary linkages through incorporating Targeted Investigations in Environmental Science - TIES - into various courses. The TIES project examines humankind's use and disposal of chemicals, including the impact of decision-making on the environment and health. These issues center on linkages among: scientific content; concepts of data analysis; sociological concerns; economic considerations; and political perspectives.|| The project will produce a combination of web-based
instructional materials and CDs for educators. An extensive field
test with 225 teachers (75 per year) in urban, suburban and rural communities
in New Jersey and New York will be conducted at TIES "On-line" and
"On-site" Institutes. The outcome will be a professional development
"package" for nationwide distribution. Project evaluation will
be based on: acquisition of knowledge; infusion of technology; and a shift
to an interdisciplinary instructional approach by the teacher/participants.
TIES utilizes primary data from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); predictive modeling using Geographical Information Systems (GIS); functional use of the Internet; student-collected environmental data; research in science education; and (real-life) problem-solving through GIS. Chemicals "Targeted" by TIES include lead, mercury, radon, PCB's, reducing air pollutants (sulfur), oxidizing air pollutants (nitrogen, ozone), asbestos, and DDT.
Ramapo College of New Jersey