Daniel Bedford, Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Upper college, college lower- if teachers have good background in climate change -- could cause misconceptions otherwise
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- Educators should read carefully the author's comments about the dangers of using these kinds of opinion pieces.
- Educators can apply the same methodology described in this activity to other opinion pieces that challenge climate science.
- Additional materials on the http://www.skepticalscience.com/ website will support the educator in teaching this lesson.
About the Science
- Activity contains no science content of its own, although it supports an understanding of role of scientific evidence and peer-review in scientific practice.
- Activity contributes a very important aspect that is not found in many other teaching materials - how to provide students with tools to discuss climate change with deniers. Comment from expert scientist: this is particularly important in the area of climate science where misinformation abounds - providing students with the critical thinking and tools to identify and see through misinformation should be an important part of education.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Activity is a culminating project. Because of the required skills and concepts, it should not be attempted until late in the semester.
- Outstanding resource that should be used only by someone who is knowledgeable about arguments from climate change deniers.
- Very careful use is required to not enforce misconceptions in students.
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