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Abstract Title: Student Models of Weather, Climate, and Climate Change
Abstract: Climate change is an important challenge of our time but public understanding of it is limited at best. Newly released Next Generation Science Standards (2013) suggests that climate change be taught from the middle school level onwards. We think that teaching of this complex topic needs to begin with what students know about weather, climate, climate change, and global warming. This exploration of student understanding needs to be done at the level where climate change education is expected to begin. To meet this need, we explored middle school students' responses to open-ended questions and constructed student models of these concepts. These models have implications for curriculum development and instruction at the secondary (7-12) grades.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jignesh Mehta
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Anita Roychoudhury, Daniel Shepardson, Andrew Hirsch