Community Outreach and Education Program of the Southwest Environmental
Health Sciences Center is creating a curriculum for a NIH Science
Education Partnership Award that is completely integrated around
environmental health and biomedical themes, includes all required
subjects, and intends to provide students with an excellent education.
It is an outgrowth of the IMPACTT project conducted by COEP for
the past three years. In April of 2003, COEP received final approval
to initiate science education research in partnership with South
Valley Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We will create approximately
sixteen modules that combine science, reading, writing, math, and
social studies. We hope to make science important and interesting
to high school students and to interest them in some aspect of
human health as a career.
are designed for students’ mastery of academic content and transferable
skills. Students apply new knowledge to their assignments and to
their community. Thus, IMPACTT presents content in a real-world,
meaningful context, rather than through unrelated packets of information.
Teachers are invited to join IMPACTT to field test the curriculum.
For this project, the University of Arizona will study the IMPACTT
lessons, to determine the usefulness of this new integrated curriculum.
The study will last three years. Eventually at least 900 students
and 75 teachers will be part of this study each year. Students
will be from high schools in New Mexico and Arizona.
of the project, IMPACTT, Integrating Multilevel Perspectives Across
the Curriculum for Today and Tomorrow, is “learning the effects
the environment has on human health will help them be ready to
deal with the world as an adult” even if they don’t choose human
health as a profession. The program utilizes inquiry driven “Major
Projects” and integrated modules related to thematic units. The
themes are “The Environment”, “World Explorations”, “Systems”,
and “Science, Government, and Economics”.
will conduct field tests of the curriculum with teachers in Tucson.
As part of these field tests they will train the teachers on the
curriculum, provide assistance to the teachers implementing the
curriculum, ask teachers to participate in focus groups or interviews
to discuss the effectiveness of the lessons, and require written
feedback from the teachers. Teachers will not be personally identified
in any publications or other dissemination tools. Rather the information
will be documented in aggregate. Teacher participation is strictly
voluntary and you can withdraw from the project at any time.
Environmental Health Sciences Center
University of Arizona College of Pharmacy, Room 244
PO Box 210207, Tucson, AZ, USA 85721-0207 email@example.com