Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Project

Abstract

This project explored and piloted a watershed education practicum for pre-service educators and scientists that combined high impact educational practices with topics and skill development aimed at creating inclusive watershed education. Issues of water quality and quantity are complex and require a deep understanding of not only ecology but also of the people and systems with which water interacts. This project explored how watershed education can address power and privilege dynamics that are interlaced in issues of water quality and quantity by illuminating systems and structures of oppression and challenging current untenable water resource practices. The findings from this project suggest that in order to prepare our students for the water quality challenges of tomorrow, we need to expose them to sustainable and innovative alternatives while also fostering critical thinking and a fundamental understanding of the importance of ecology of place.

Advisor(s)

Matthew Kolan, Ph.D.

Rebecca Stanfield McCown, Ph.D.

Walter Poleman, Ph.D.

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