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Investigating Climate Change Evidence

This activity uses the jigsaw method to encourage students, in groups, to become experts on different types of evidence as a means of understanding climate change. Each group focuses on a topic, highlights at least one data set within that topic, and researches the data collection process along with the potential consequences of the evidence. Students are asked to critique the evidence they investigate, using a prepared checklist, and to share the results of their research with their classmates. Finally, students evaluate the evidence behind a skeptic’s claim, and discuss the knowns and unknowns about climate change.
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Discipline Specific Core Concepts
Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Climate change, evidence, methods of science
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Pedagogical Use Description Students will know what evidence exists for a changing climate, based on current data. Students will become comfortable investigating data and critiquing available websites using their own criteria or a prepared checklist. Students will know how to critique at least two common claims made by climate change skeptics, using scientific evidence. This activity is for undergraduate lower division students, but could be modified for upper division students.
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Primary Author Affiliation Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies & Marist College
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Submitter Name Cornelia Harris
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Date Of Record Submission 2011-12-19

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