Citizen Science Initiative (CSI)
Emerge Faculty Fellows: Ms. Karen Evans, and Dr. John Pecore
The citizen science initiative (CSI) is designed to provide service learning experiences to students participating in the STEM elementary education program during their science (SCE4310) and social studies (SSE4113) courses. Both courses highlight teaching social justice issues such as socio-scientific issues, citizen science, and environmental stewardship. Through weekly service learning opportunities, students will observe, learn, practice, and reflect on teaching social justice issues.
The CSI will support the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan by focusing on high impact practices that will enhance the students’ Communication for Professional Success. These practices will include but not be limited to:
- Help students apply and test what they are learning in new situations. Students will work in groups to create social justice activities for service learning sites.
- Provide students with rich feedback. During each week, students will meet for personal and group reflection on their experience. Based upon the topic of the week, the professors’ feedback and the reflections, students will refine and improve their implementations.
- Help students build substantive relationship. For the service learning experiences, students will be placed in groups to organize, plan, implement, research and evaluate.
- Provide opportunities for the student’s to reflect on the person they are becoming. Exposure to social justice teaching will provide students with an opportunity to explore the kind of teacher they hope to be.
Participation in these high impact practices will provide multiple opportunities for students to work on the written and verbal communication skills. These skills will be the focus of our weekly cycle of learning: observing-learning-practicing-reflecting-start over with observing.... Along with communication skills, students will be working on collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and social responsibility.
The STEMS project will include the following activities:
- Course Work
- Monday meetings for reflection, feedback and instruction
- Wednesday meetings for planning, writing, cooperating
- Friday Service learning experiences including presenting
- Service learning opportunities every Friday at MESS hall, Historic Pensacola Village or other sites as needed.
High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized
- Service/Community Based Learning
For more information, please contact one of the Faculty Fellows:
Dr. John Pecore
Ms. Karen Evans