|New Audiences for ESSE|
The primary focus of the ESSE program to date has been on undergraduate courses. While ESSE will continue to operate at the undergraduate level, it will also find new audiences. A natural extension is to university graduate and professional courses, which have already been offered by some ESSE partners. For example, graduate students from Loma Linda University have been studying problems related to human impacts on natural systems in Honduras .
K-12 education, that is, education from kindergarten through high school, also offers opportunities for expanding ESSE. Primary and secondary levels provide both the greatest potential for the future of Earth system scientists and the greatest need in terms of overall science education. As Earth system science programs are taught at the pre-college level, more students will arrive to post-secondary education prepared for advanced scientific preparation, either to pursue careers in the sciences, or to become a scientifically literate member of society. Some ESSE partners have already interacted with the K-12 system by training teachers and adapting material for the K-12 curriculum (see Exemplary Learning Modules). One particularly promising trend is greater societal interest in providing challenging high school experiences in STEM subjects in which students work with researchers in governments, businesses and universities.
Johnson, D.R., 2006, Earth System Science: A Model for Teaching Science as State, Process and Understanding?, Journal of Geoscience Education, v. 54, p. 202-207
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