Fostering Preservice and In-Service ELA Teachers’ Digital Practices for Addressing Climate Change
This report presents research on preservice (PST) and in-service teachers acquiring digital practices for addressing climate change related to knowing how to employ digital practices for studying visual representations of climate change and engaging students in critiquing online information about climate change. Study 1 examined PSTs understanding of climate change through participation in visiting a laboratory involving scientific study of ecological systems to interact with scientists, collect digital artifacts, and create a virtual field trip using these artifacts for instructional purposes. Study 2 involved PSTs and in-service teachers responding critically to the NASA Climate Change website, identifying digital literacies their sixth-grade students would need to employ in responding to this website and designing activities to foster critical response to the website. Some PSTs focused on issues of bias and ideological assumptions, while other PSTs focused on comprehension strategy instruction. Study 3 examined PSTs critiques of the reliability of two web sources containing conflicting claims and evidence about climate change based on analysis of screenshots of each source, a digital literacy web-based tool for critical analysis of the sources, and whole group class discussion. PSTs assumed the need to consider both perspectives on the validity of climate change claims.
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Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, v. 20, issue 1
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Beach, Richard; Boggs, George; Castek, Jill; Damico, James; Panos, Alexandra; Spellman, Renee; and Wilson, Nance, "Fostering Preservice and In-Service ELA Teachers’ Digital Practices for Addressing Climate Change" (2020). Teaching and Learning Faculty Publications. 692.