The Educational Global Climate Modeling Project

My dissertation work in McGill University's Department of Geography and School of Environment involved collaboration with researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). Together, we evaluated their Educational Global Climate Modeling (EdGCM) Project utilizing mixed methods that included pre/post diagnostic exams, pre/post surveys, interviews, classroom video recordings, written student reflections, researcher observations, and more. Our goal was to determine how student inquiry with an actual NASA global climate model impacted learning. The results linking improved conceptual understandings to work with a crucial technology of climate scientists hold practical implications for those working to increase public understanding of climate science and related policies. This work continues with further collaboration, research, teaching, and use of the newer online version called EzGCM. Check the publications section of this site for our recent publications on this work. And, of course, check back here for updates.

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