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Public Scholarship Student Projects for Introductory Environmental Courses

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This paper presents a model project for introductory undergraduate courses that develops students as citizens contributing scholarship to public discussions of environmental issues. In this field-based project, students actively and independently engage with an environmental issue and present their project experience to a relevant public forum. In two implementations of the project, we find that the project succeeds at each of five goals: exposing students to public scholarship, connecting course material to environmental issues and students' lives, giving students experience with professional environmental work, building student enthusiasm and, finally, providing the public with insights from students' scholarship.

Keywords: Public scholarship; civic engagement; environmental education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Geography,The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Publication date: August 1, 2012

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