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Project I Overview

This project develops a digitally-based instructional program that contains data-rich case studies and visualization activities, as well as a visual library as a resource for grade 7-12 teachers and students.

The program is organized as a series of activities that moves scientifically from climate, to climate variability, to climate change. A central goal of this program is to explore the complex interface between science and society that forms the basis of management decisions related to climate change issues. Also, affective learning experiences require that instructional programs and activities be designed based on the students' ideas and understandings. This approach allows instruction to be sequenced in a way that moves students toward scientific conceptualization and facilitates curricular continuity.


Climate As A Climate System
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HASTI Presentation

NARST Presentation

Project Members

Daniel P. Shepardson and Dev Niyogi, Purdue University

David Burch, Eastern Greene Junior-Senior High School, Bloomfield, IN
Mark Koschmann, St. John’s Lutheran School, Midland, MI
Ted Leuenberger, Benton Central Junior-Senior High School, Oxford, IN

Graduate Students
Umarporn Charusombat, Purdue University
Soyoung Choi, Purdue University

Copy Editor
Mary Maxine Browne, Purdue University


Hosted By

Purdue University,
Department of Curriculum and Instruction,
Department of Agronomy,
Indiana State Climate Office,
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science



Project II Overview

NSF Grant# 0822181

This project is grounded in a crucial issue of our time – global warming and climate change. The National Research Council’s Grand Challenges in Environmental Sciences (NRC 2000a) identified eight "grand challenges" for the 21st century. Four of these are directly linked to climate (assessment, variability, dynamics, and functioning). Despite its importance, very few individuals have an understanding of the issue. This is not surprising since an adequate understanding of the issue requires an understanding of various domains of science.

It is vital that today’s students and tomorrow’s citizens be educated about the issues related to climate changes. We have selected middle school students as the target since arresting the downward trend in student performance in high school science needs to begin before students reach high school.

Grounded in these two needs, this project has two goals: 1. Development of a model of middle school student learning in a complex domain requiring a coherent understanding of several disciplines. 2. Development of a model of teacher learning of student learning.

The PI and co-PIs of the project work collaboratively with classroom teachers from 7th and 8th grades from schools around Purdue University. So far 1200 students and 14 teachers have participated in the project.

Project PI: Anita Roychoudhury

Co-PIs: Daniel Shepardson, Dev Niyogi, Andrew Hirsch