Making Science Relevantby: Charles Eick, Bill Deutsch, Jennifer Fuller, and Fletcher Scott

Journal Article

By connecting science learning to important societal issues, teachers can motivate students to both enjoy and engage in relevant science (Bennet, Lubben, and Hogarth 2007). To develop that connection, teachers can help students take an active role in authentic community-based science that goes beyond merely learning about the science behind the issues. This article describes an approach to relevancy through an inquiry-based project that connects high school biology, chemistry, and environmental science curriculum to the local environment and the issue of water conservation and protection.

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  • on Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:02 PM

One of my biggest challenges as a science teacher is making content relevant to my students. This article outlines a water monitoring program in Alabama that demonstrates the relevancy of the watershed to high school students. I really like how this activity engages students in environmental stewardship as they learn. I look forward to creating a program similar to this in my local area!

Maureen Stover  (Seaside, CA)
Maureen Stover (Seaside, CA)

  • on Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:35 PM

This article made a connection between water-monitoring programs and high school, even some middle and elementary school science. It took the basic concepts of the water cycle and included more complex examinations of Chemical and Biological testing. As an assessment students could involve the local media as to their results, including more of the community. It focused on what is being done in Alabama, Georgia and Florida with details and names to start a new project in a school that is near by and gave ideas to start projects in other states. The main idea of the article is to find something that is going on in the community and tie it to science. Water quality is a very real concern in places in the United States. By being able to show the students what they are learning in the classroom moves on to the real world builds connections that students will be able to use once they leave the classroom.

jaynie  (, )
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