Learning about Sustainability in a Non-Formal Laboratory Context for Secondary Level Students: A Module on Climate Change, the Ozone Hole, and Summer Smog

Learning about Sustainability in a Non-Formal Laboratory Context for Secondary Level Students: A Module on Climate Change, the Ozone Hole, and Summer Smog

Nicole Garner (Institute for Science Education, University of Bremen, Germany), Maria de Lourdes Lischke (Institute for Science Education, University of Bremen, Germany), Antje Siol (Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Technologies, University of Bremen, Germany) and Ingo Eilks (Institute for Science Education, University of Bremen, Germany)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7363-2.ch046
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Abstract

This chapter discusses a project of curriculum development for the non-formal educational sector. The project aims at student learning about sustainability issues in a chemistry-related context. For this purpose, non-formal laboratory-based learning environments are developed. The learning environments center round half- or one-day visits of secondary school students in a university laboratory and are networked with the formal school syllabus in chemistry and science education respectively. All modules integrate the non-formal laboratory event about issues of sustainability with teaching materials for preparation and assessment tasks in school to fulfill part of the school curriculum in chemistry or science teaching. This chapter discusses the project of developing respective modules, the structure thereof, and initial findings from their application. The discussion is illustrated by a module on environmental problems connected to the chemistry of the atmosphere, namely climate change, the hole in the ozone layer, and the phenomenon of summer smog.
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“Sustainability and chemistry in non-formal student laboratories” is a cooperative project between the Universities of Bremen and of the Saarland, both in Germany. The project is driven both by researchers in chemistry and environmental sciences together with domain-specific researchers and curriculum experts from the field of chemistry education. The cooperation was established to secure access to authentic and up-to-date research in the field of sustainable chemistry as well as to structure learning environments in line with modern educational theory. The project is funded with about 250.000 € by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Environmental Funds) for the years 2012-2014.

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