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Data-driven Inquiry in Geoscience Environmental Restoration Studies

DIGERS provides teachers with adaptable curricular exemplars about environmental restoration.

DIGERS provides adaptable high school and undergraduate curricular exemplars about environmental restoration in the Puget Sound area of the State of Washington. The emphasis is on river geomorphology and its systemic relationship to (1) biodiversity and (2) the legacy of human interaction with the environment. There is also a strong emphasis on bridging related Native American traditional ecological knowledge and Western science.

Project goals:

  1. Build greater interest among American Indian students in geomorphology and environmental studies and hence increase the commitment of American Indian students to STEM courses, majors, graduate degrees, and careers.
  2. Provide useful means for teachers to assess the impacts of the curriculum on their students' knowledge and skills about the focal uses of inquiry in watershed geomorphology.
  3. Provide a replicable model of productive collaboration and synergy among professional scientific researchers and professional educational researchers.

Project curriculum development culminated in the design of templates and professional development guidelines. These templates and guidelines make it possible for other educators to adapt the curricula from this project to other rivers in the U.S. and to do so in ways that integrate local Indian knowledge and perspectives.

The project ran from 2008 to 2012.