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9 May 2023 Place-Based Learning in Applied Undergraduate Forest Ecology Labs
Douglas Becker
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While educationally beneficial, place-based learning can be challenging to implement in an applied forest ecology course that draws a diversity of students with limited forest experience. I describe a semester-long sequence of labs designed to instill place-based learning principles. The semester begins with an observational lab to develop an initial personal forest relationship, with future learning reinforcing and cultivating this bond. Forest-specific labs cover key applied ecology concepts while continuing to expand on students' place knowledge with an overarching forest management plan to provide real-world application and expression of understanding.

Douglas Becker "Place-Based Learning in Applied Undergraduate Forest Ecology Labs," The American Biology Teacher 85(4), 222-224, (9 May 2023). https://doi.org/10.1525/abt.2023.85.4.222
Published: 9 May 2023
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applied ecology
college
field-based learning
forest ecology
place-based learning
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