Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies SESYNC Short Course
July 30-Aug 2, 2018
Applications due: April 17, 2018 at 5pm EST
Preparing students to tackle urgent and complex environmental problems is a critical challenge. Problems such as global climate change, water resource management, and sustainable development are dynamic, multi-faceted issues that require interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to solve. Socio-environmental synthesis is a problem-solving approach that considers the integrated nature of the environment and human society, and combines insights, methods, and data from the natural and social sciences to produce knowledge and inform solutions. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is dedicated to educating about this approach and its broad relevance, and to teaching the core concepts and competencies necessary to understand, research, and address socio-environmental problems.
The Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies initiative aims to deepen our collective understanding of the teaching and learning of relevant concepts and competencies, define and adapt the case study approach for use in the socio-environmental context, and create a collection of high quality teaching case studies (SESYNC case study collection.) The essential components of these case studies include: a clearly defined case problem and story, a set of teaching notes describing activities and pedagogies to use in teaching the case, and any materials needed to implement the case in a classroom.
The main component of this initiative is a four day short course that brings together a diverse group of scholars and educators to develop a socio-environmental synthesis teaching case study. SESYNC invites applications for the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course to be held July 30-Aug 2, 2018 at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD. The goals of the short course are to:
- Introduce participants to socio-environmental synthesis (S-E synthesis) as a problem-solving approach.
- Engage participants in advancing the teaching of S-E synthesis and related concepts and competencies.
- Enable participants to use a powerful and effective teaching approach, the case study method, to teach S-E synthesis.
- Support participants in developing their own case study classroom activity that can be used in their classrooms and shared on the SESYNC website.