Energy Education Study for 7-12 Teachers Deadline May 15
Submitted by Jan DeWaters
Jan DeWaters at Clarkson University's Center for the Environment, in Potsdam, NY has extended an invitation for teachers of students in grades 7 through 12 to become involved in a study funded by the National Science Foundation that looks at Energy Literacy and Energy Education in K-12 schools. Last year, together with the help of some 1400 middle and high school students and their teachers, they developed a written survey that measures energy literacy. The survey contains questions about energy-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors, and can be completed within one 35 minute classroom period.
The next step is to use this survey in a study that looks at the relationship between education and energy literacy. They are recruiting middle and high school teachers who would be willing to administer the survey next year (2008-2009). They desire students who are exposed to a wide range of educational experiences and energy-related content. Teachers will administer the survey in their classrooms, at a time that is most convenient for them. All data will be confidential, no student or teacher names will be used while analyzing or reporting results.
Teachers who are selected to participate in the study will receive detailed, confidential feedback about the energy literacy of their students, as well as free energy related curricular materials developed for use in schools as part of the Clarkson and St. Lawrence University’s Project-based Learning Partnership Program. This will include a CD that contains hands-on energy related curricula and activities, and a copy of the Energy Choices board game in which students explore and discover how their personal choices impact our energy consumption, energy bills, and fuel supply.
For additional information about this study, including application materials, go to the project's web page at
or contact Jan DeWaters by e-mail (see address above) or by phone (315-268-2001). Applications are due by May 15, 2008.