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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences: A Workshop

April 20 - 21, 2016
NAS Building, Room 125
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC

Workshop Presentations and Information

Project Scope

An ad hoc committee will plan and conduct a workshop on Service-Learning in the Undergraduate Geosciences. Service-learning is an instructional approach that combines community service and academic instruction with a focus on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. A service-learning curriculum in the geosciences can engage students in projects within their community. For example, students might conduct a greenhouse gas emissions inventory for the college campus, analyze data, and make presentations to the community; investigate contaminant transport in a local watershed and identify potential risks to the local population; or examine the impact of geologic hazards on the human population and design appropriate responses (see for more examples).

While service-learning is emerging as one way to give undergraduate students hands-on opportunities, there have been few systematic efforts to examine how service-learning is being used in the geosciences and whether it has a positive impact on students. In addition, it is unclear how well research on service-learning programs in other disciplines has been leveraged to inform the design of geoscience service-learning programs. The workshop will feature invited presentations and discussion on topics such as designing service-learning courses, assessing service-learning courses, research on service-learning, and providing training and support to faculty teaching service-learning courses. A summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be published later in 2016.

Questions the workshop will consider

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Committee Members

Cathy Manduca (Chair), Director, Science Education Center at Carleton College
Antony Berthelote, Department of Hydrology, Salish Kootenai College
Sue Ebanks, Assistant Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences, Savannah State Unversity
Sarah Fortner, Assistant Professor Geology and Environmental Sciences, Wittenberg University
Arthur Goldstein, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Bridgewater State University
Eward Laine, Professor Emeritus, Bowdoin College
John Saltmarsh, Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education,
    University of Massachusetts, Boston
Susan Sullivan, Director, Education and Outreach Program, Cooperative Institute for
    Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder


Kerry Brenner, Study Director
Samantha Magsino, Senior Program Officer
Miriam Scheiber, Program Assistant

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