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Greenhouse Effect in the Classroom: A Project- and Laboratory-Based Curriculum
This article describes a multifaceted curriculum for use in earth science classes from secondary school to undergraduate level. The centerpiece of the curriculum is a project-based investigation of greenhouse warming that can be conducted during one or more lab sessions using off-the-shelf materials. This process provides students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the climate system, the nature of scientific uncertainty, the burden of proof in ongoing research, and the difficulties of transferring scientific results to the public-policy realm. The main thrust of the lab demonstration and the curriculum itself is to help students distinguish the solid science in these issues from the array of questionable information they encounter in the press, on the internet, or in conversation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Module / Unit
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-093
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Nicholas Pinter
Geology Department
Southern Illinois University