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        Dr. Michael Brody, Creek Farm Education Associates and Dr. Alexsander Bogolyubov, Association Ecosystem have collaborated to establish a telecommunication ecology education program for middle and secondary level science teachers and students in the USA, Russia and other countries. This course is for teachers who would like their students to share ecological and cultural information and work together to help create a better environment. The Ecological Field Studies Program is a continuous, asynchronous, computer-based telecommunications link between teachers and students focusing on ecological studies throughout the world.

        The program is based on 40 environmental study lessons illustrated with videos of students and teachers conducting research in the environment surrounding The Center for Field Studies , northeast of Moscow, Russia. The videos have complimentary supporting teacher background texts in both English and Russian language. Among the lessons are a wide variety of activities in nature which focus on aquatic ecology, botany, forest ecology, soil studies, landscape analysis, ornithology and anthropogenic effects on nature.

        The ecological field studies program promotes a wide variety of outcomes which correspond to established educational standards in many countries. The ecological field study activities address content standards in the areas of earth science, life science, biology, ecology and the nature of science. Intellectual skill development includes questioning, data collection, analysis and drawing conclusions. Affective outcomes include an appreciation for the processes of science, the use of technology in basic scientific endeavors and a greater value of natural, scientific and cultural systems.

        The ecological field studies program promotes understanding of ecosystems and the protection of the environment through the training of teachers in specific field study techniques, the education of young people in ecology concepts and issues and the sharing of ecological study results between countries. The primary goal of this work is connecting students and teachers, addressing important environmental issues and promoting environmental interest, knowledge and values.

 

 



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