Close Encounters of the Natural Kind: Eco-Composition, Citizen Science, and Academe

By Spencer S. Stober and Caroline Fitzpatrick.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Eco-composition encourages reflection on natural phenomena, and if creatively linked to a “citizen science” project, becomes a tool that can cause college students to develop plans for a sustainable environment.

Keywords: Citizen Science, Eco-Composition, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Sustainability

International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.9-16. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 770.480KB).

Dr. Spencer S. Stober

Dr. Spencer S. Stober is an Associate Professor of Biology and Education, and President of Faculty Council at Alvernia College (Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.). His primary areas of interest include environmental education, cell biology and genetics. Dr. Stober recently participated in Dartmouth’s Faculty Summer Institute 2004: Teaching the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Humane Genome Research (funded by the National Institutes of Health/U.S.A.). Dr. Stober is a teaching biologist with creative ideas that encourage students to become good stewards of our environment. He has practical experience dealing with the challenges of sustainable land use. Stober Limited (with Dr. Stober as President) developed the Meadows at Adamstown, a “green development” that serves as a model for habitat protection of an endangered species (Clemmys muhlenbergii, commonly called the “bog turtle”). Dr. Stober is actively engaged in land use and regional planning in a Lancaster County (Adamstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) where he serves as Vice President of the Borough Council.

Dr. Caroline Fitzpatrick

Caroline (Carrie) Fitzpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Communication/CIS/English and the Director of Instructional Standards at Alvernia College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. She holds master degrees in Communication Studies and Educational Technology, and she is completing doctoral work in Rhetoric and Linguistics. Currently, she serves on the Electronic Communications Committee and Publications Committee for the International English Honor Society and the Mass Communications Advisory Board for the Washington Center, Washington D.C. Some recent scholarly work includes: Educational Insights in Literacy through Qualitative Methodologies, Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2005, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Technology Use in Teaching & Learning: Electronic Portfolios, Threaded Papers, and New Essay Textuality, July 2004, International Conference on Education and Information Systems, Technologies and Applications (EISTA) and International Conference on Cybernetics and Information Technologies, Systems and Applications (CITSA), Orlando, Florida. Her research interests incorporate multimodal communication, literacy development, qualitative research, and instructional technology.


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