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Tuesday, April 24 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Teaching Environmental Issues to Middle School Students in the “In Real Life” Program, Service Learning

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In Spring 2018, students in the UNCA Teaching Environmental Issues course worked with Asheville area middle school students participating in the In Real Life (IRL) after-school program to explore topics about the environment and sustainability. The IRL program’s mission aims to engage students in a hands-on learning, after-school experience to explore their interests in different areas. The goals for working with the students included improving ecological literacy, increasing interest in the outdoors, building a relationship between the UNCA class and the IRL students, as well as providing a safe, encouraging, and exciting space for students to learn. The IRL students were assessed on their eco-literacy and interest in the outdoors at the beginning, end, and throughout their time in IRL. The methods used to assess the students were a pre-test during the first meeting, responding weekly to journal prompts, and taking a final assessment at the end of the semester. Students in the IRL program showed improved eco-literacy through an increased knowledge of flora and fauna, clearer definition of outdoor spaces, and improved awareness in sustainability topics as evidenced through several journal entries. The Asheville middle school students met the overall goals set out by both the IRL after-school program as well as the Teaching Environmental Issues course objectives

Tuesday April 24, 2018 12:00pm - 1:30pm PDT
Sherrill Center Concourse

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