High School Students Answering Socio-scientific Questions in the Ecology Unit

Faculty Sponsor

Selina Bartels


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-28-2022


The question I intend to answer through my research is about scientific literacy in the classroom, more specifically my question is can students make their own scientific-based conclusions to socio-scientific issues in the unit of ecology. The plan that I intend to implement will be to create a mini-unit that is centered around the introductory ideas of ecology. More specifically the students will be applying introductory ideas of ecology to the Indiana Dunes National Park. They will at the end of the unit be given a project that is introduced by looking into a case where a child fell into a sand sinkhole in the dunes, they will have to use their knowledge of secession and the environment to come up with a plan on how the National Parks system should prevent this from happening again. The data that will be collected from this is the student's project itself. This will be analyzed using thematic analysis. This type of analysis is used to look for themes within qualitative research.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

The author of this project is Paige Schaber. She is in her senior year of her at Valparaiso University, where she is studying Biology Secondary Education. In the future, Paige intends to teach biology in a high school. She is currently student teaching where she became interested in students' ability to answer socio-scientific questions

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