INTEGRATING GEOSCIENCE LEARNING IN UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION
Reflecting these recommendations, the EHR and GEO Directorates of NSF have recently funded InTeGRATE as part of its STEP Center Program. InTeGRATE will support the geoscience community in preparing students who can leverage the geosciences to address societal challenges. Inter-institutional, interdisciplinary curriculum development teams will create and test materials for use in geoscience courses, interdisciplinary courses, and courses in other majors that address aspects of these challenges (e.g., business, chemistry or economics ). A set of implementation programs will model departmental, institutional and multi-campus approaches to curriculum and program structures that enroll diverse students, address the preparation of the geoscience workforce, and integrate geoscience into general education and teacher preparation curricula, as well as STEM and social science majors (including Environmental Studies/Sciences programs). An assessment program will measure the impact of new course materials and programs on students’ geoscience literacy, ability to address interdisciplinary problems, understanding of the process of science. Workshops will develop an understanding of current practice as a basis for new programming and will disseminate the new materials and models developed by the program. To learn more about how to participate in InTeGRATE visit the project website (http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/).