Special Study: Integrated Environment of the Hudson River

EDUC 552
Hudson Watch Institute encourages hands-on scientific discovery and cultivates a pedagogy of inquiry science. Participants engage in field investigations of the watershed of a tributary of the Hudson River, as a model of the scientific enterprise. In the past, participants have investigated topography, stream chemistry, stream biota, mushrooms, mammal tracking, and decomposition. Participants evaluate the processes that engage them as learners, reflect on the implications for curriculum, and prepare a unit of study. They also consider how to introduce hands-on scientific and environmental investigations, making use of cooperative learning groups and incorporating assessment strategies.