Robert Joseph Turner
Independent fieldwork in community agencies, apprenticeships, internships, as approved for College of Arts and Sciences credit. Faculty sponsor and internship supervisor are required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
This course provides 2 credits for working with the IslandWood organization in conducting outdoor environmental education with 4th and 5th graders. This involves 27 flexible hours of training and helping the Homewaters Project staff to connect the science curriculum of local school children to watersheds and other natural ecosystems in the communities where they live. See http://islandwood.org/school_programs/homewaters Additional hours will be devoted to readings, reflections, and a few meetings with the professor.
Student learning goals
An expanded understanding of the interconnections of water quality and aquatic ecology and their vulnerability to human activities.
An expanded sense of agency and creativity as a community science educator.
General method of instruction
Dominated by in the field training with staff of IslandWood. Weekly readings. 3 reflective essay. Discussions and training with the professor.
No prerequisites required, though a desire to work with middle school aged children and to represent UW Bothell well is critical.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly postings in a discussion forum based on the readings and question prompts. One short summary of the water quality data for one of several local streams. Two short reflections of how 2 of your 3 teaching activities went and how they could be improved. One reflection on your learning gains associated with the course.