• Walsh, Patrick Joseph (PI)
  • Fleming, Lora E (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (Taken from the Applicant's Abstract)

Miami-Dade County is home to more than 2.1 million people. Ethnic diversity
is extensive, with a population that is 52% Hispanic, 34% African American,
13% White, and 1% American Indian/Asian/Other. As with any community of this
complexity, there are significant environmental health issues of concern to
the community and government. The Miami-Dade County Public School System is
the fourth largest district in the country with more than 350,000 students,
more than 93,000 of which are in grades 9-12. There is significant need
within the public high school system to involve students with research
scientists and members of the community in an interdisciplinary approach to
learning about local environmental health science issues.

The proposed AMBIENT Project (Atmospheric and Marine-Based Interdisciplinary
ENvironmental Health Science Training) is a systemic approach to environmental
health science education. Focused around the four environmental themes of
air, water, soil and food, a health-science problem-based learning approach
will be delivered by trained teachers to the ethnically diverse population of
high school students in Miami-Dade County. The teachers will work together to
enhance understanding of environmental and ethical issues through a hands-on
summer workshop with research scientists from the University of Miami, Florida
International University, and County Department of Health. Best practices
from existing environmental curriculum materials will be assembled for use in
the training. An important emphasis of the project will be to provide team
teaching strategies for incorporating interdisciplinary activities into the
large classes of more than 35 students at the high schools.

The project is modeled after three highly successful environmental teacher
training models, GLOBE, INSTAR, and the SECME Summer Institutes, and draws the
best from each. Classroom activities and assessment tools will be
incorporated by the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling, Jesuit
University, into a problem-based learning web site similar to the NASA
"Exploring the Environment" series. The Brown University Education Alliance
will provide formative and summative assessment of the project.

This project addresses the need defined by Priority 8.2 of Healthy People
2000: Educational and Community-Based Programs, which is to increase high
school completion rates to 90 percent, especially with regard to Hispanic and
Black American students.
Effective start/end date9/20/005/31/08


  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: $203,503.00


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