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Science-Technology-Society by Green Design

This is an interdisciplinary instructional strategy designed to attain multiple standards with each lesson plan. It includes the ESTEEM assessment (Expert Science Teaching Educational Evaluation Model) with self assessment components for teaching practices and student comprehension. The C3 approach provides a focus on Content-Context-Conation. The basic goal is enhanced student concept development and understanding needed for life-long learning and informed citizenry.

Key areas of emphasis in the STS by Green Design strategy include:
  • Relevance – relation to students’ lives; current issues
  • Inquiry – seeking truth; curiosity-wonder
  • Critical thinking – open ended questions
  • Risk assessment and decision-making
  • Hands-on activities
  • Curricular integration: natural and historical environments, mathematics, literacy, economics
    multiple intelligences
Best practice techniques utilized include:
  • Cooperative learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Place-based learning
  • Visuals/graphic organizers
Examples of curricular resources/programs included in PRCST programs:
  • Materials Science – Life Cycle Analysis
  • Lewis & Clark Commemorative Voyage
  • After the French & Indian War 1763-1775
  • Classical Literature – Greek/Roman myths
  • NASA resources – Goddard Space Flight Center
  • GLOBE Program Protocols – sponsored by the PA NASA Educator Center (ERC) and
    The PA Space Grant Consortium
  • Food-Land-People – Activities sponsored by PA Office of Environment/Ecology
  • Air & Waste Management Association's (AWMA)
    Environmental Resource Guides (ERGs)
  • FOSS
  • Wisconsin Fast Plants
Teaching Science based on education research to:
  • Enhance appreciation of science, scientific advances and applications
  • Enhance environmental awareness and understanding of our Earth
  • Provide avenues for mastery of content (concepts/facts)
  • Expand experience and mastery of process skills (techniques/procedures)
  • Emphasize the importance of measurement and data collection
  • Increase ability to utilize inquiry as a basis for learning
  • Provide a structure for linking knowledge across disciplines
  • Prepare students with life skills
  • Meet current standards
PRCST Programs offer:
  • Variety in focus and content
  • State of the art technology
  • Extensive resources and educational materials
  • Linkage with community, educators, scientists
  • Relationship of local “place” to national and global community
  • Appreciation of varying cultures and historical significance
  • Retention of the “sense of wonder” in everyday science

Contact information:
Jane Konrad, Ex. Dir. PRCST
5528 WWPH – University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412/648-7315 Phone
412/648-7081 Fax
konrad@pitt.edu
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