Fostering Undergraduate Students’ Disciplinary Learning and Water Literacy (WELL)

|Overview| |Personnel| |Publications| |Presentations|

Project Overview
A 3-year IUSE Engaged Student Learning: Exploration project (DUE-1609598) focuses on the iterative design,  nsf_logoimplementation, and study of a new, interdisciplinary course for non-majors – SCIL/AECN/NRES 109: Water in Society – at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The project will impact undergraduate students, primarily freshman, over three years, including students from low-SES backgrounds and underrepresented groups from Nebraska and beyond.  The project promotes cross-fertilization between hydrology, STEM education, and the decision sciences.  It is grounded in collaboration between faculty in the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the UNL, leveraging IANR’s Science Literacy Initiative, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute, and recently-established Food, Energy, & Water in Society undergraduate minor.  By targeting 1st-year undergraduate students (i.e., STEM majors and non-majors), the project has the strong potential to impact the STEM workforce of tomorrow as well as cultivate water literacy.

Stay up to date with current news associated with the WELL project here.

Project Personnel
Cory Forbes – Principal Investigator

Nicholas Brozovic, Associate Professor, Director of Policy, Water for Food Institute, UNL, Co-Investigator

Trenton Franz, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources, UNL, Co-Investigator

Diane Lally – Diane Lally is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Destini Petitt – Destini Petitt was a M.S. student in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2016-2018.  She is now a doctoral student in the Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

Project Publications
Petitt, D.N. & Forbes, C.T. (in press). Values use of undergraduate students in socio-hydrological reasoning: A comparative study. Natural Sciences Education.

Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., Franz, T., Lally, D., & Petitt, D. (2018).  Water in Society: An interdisciplinary course to support undergraduate students’ water literacyJournal of College Science Teaching, 48(1), 36-42.

Sabel, J.L., Vo, T., Alred, A., Dauer, J.M., & Forbes, C.T. (2017). Undergraduate students’ scientifically-informed decision-making about socio-hydrological issues. Journal of College Science Teaching, 46(6), 64-72.

Project Presentations
Lally, D., Forbes, C.T., McNeal, K., & Soltis, N. (2018, July). National Survey of Geoscience Teaching Practices 2016: Current trends in geoscience instruction of scientific modeling and systems thinking. Presentation at the Earth Educators Rendezvous (EER), Lawrence, KS.

Petitt, D., Lally, D., Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., & Franz, T. (2018, July). Water in Society: Undergraduate learning and reasoning about socio-hydrological issues. Poster presented at the Earth Educators Rendezvous (EER), Lawrence, KS.

Petitt, D., Lally, D., Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., & Franz, T. (2018, April). Transdisciplinary undergraduate students’ learning and reasoning about socio-hydrological issues. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Atlanta, GA.

Petitt, D., Lally, D., Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., & Franz, T. (2017, October). Transdisciplinary undergraduate students’ learning and reasoning about socio-hydrological issues. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America Conference (GSA), Seattle, WA.

Lally, D., Petitt, D., Forbes, C.T., Brozović, N., & Franz, T. (2017, July). Water in Society: Interdisciplinary undergraduate teaching and Learning about water. Research presented at the Earth Educators Rendezvous, Albuquerque, NM.

Forbes, C.T.,Brozović, , Franz, T., Lally, D., & Petitt, D. (2017, June). Transdisciplinary undergraduate water education: Pedagogical reflections. Research presented at the annual meeting of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Conference (NACTA), Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Forbes, C.T., Brozović,, Franz, T., Lally, D., & Petitt, D. (2017, April).  Fostering undergraduate students’ disciplinary learning and science literacy.  Poster presented at the Water for Food Global Conference, Lincoln, NE.

Lally, D. Sabel, J., Dauer, J., & Forbes, C.T. (2017, April). Undergraduate students’ use and understanding of scientific and popular media articles. Poster presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), San Antonio, TX.

Forbes, C.T., Brozovic, N., Franz, T., Lally, D., & Pettit, D. (2016, September).  Fostering undergraduate students’ disciplinary learning and science literacyPoster presented at the 2016 meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA), Denver, CO. [Poster]

Sabel, J., Vo, T., Alred, A., Dauer, J., & Forbes, C. (2016, April). Undergraduate students’ scientifically-informed decision-making about water-based socioscientific issues. Poster presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Baltimore, MD.