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Ohio Sea Grant College Program
and Stone Laboratory

Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory

The Ohio Sea Grant Education Program: Cooperative Curriculum Enhancement and Teacher Education for the Great Lakes

Project Number: E/CMD-003, Completion Report

Start Date: 9/1/1994

Completion Date: 8/31/1996

Classified Under: Education

Principal Investigator(s)1.Rosanne W. Fortner, COSEE Great Lakes*
Co-Principal Investigator(s)2.Victor J. Mayer, Educational Theory & Practice The Ohio State University*
This shows the current affiliation and may not match affiliation at time of participation. *

Funding Record

Source: Ohio Sea Grant College Program
Source FundState MatchPass Through
Total$ 69,864.00$ 89,587.00$ 0.00


To establish a continuing Ohio Sea Grant Education Program as a formal part of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. We will specifically
Conduct a two-year program of teacher education and curriculum enhancement activities that parallel and support a grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF) for Environmental data for teaching about Great Lakes pollution prevention.
To mesh the new Great Lakes global change and Earth systems curriculum materials ('92-94 Sea Grant project) with those being developed in one of the GLPF's first formal education efforts.
To adapt and repackage existing Ohio Sea Grant Education materials to incorporate a systems approach, collaborative learning, constructivist approaches, uses of classroom technologies, and a regional focus.
To develop and implement state strategies for teacher education that will relate directly to the new State and National Standards for science and geography in the curriculum and that will enhance the work of MAS in areas served by the agents.
To continue to disseminate information and materials of Ohio Sea Grant through leadership in regional and national science education organizations and programs.


For the Continuing Program: Education efforts have had the support of Ohio Sea Grant since 1977, on a project-by-project basis. It is difficult to build sustainable efforts under conditions of fiscal uncertainty; comprehensive approaches to programs need some assurance that components will have the opportunity to build on each other over time. The National Science Foundation's Human Resources archives are full of records that show how little is accomplished with projects, and the Foundation has now turned to funding programs when possible. After 16 years and many successful projects, it is time for Ohio Sea Grant to recognize the consistent contributions of its education efforts and make a commitment to providing consistent support as long as quality of program efforts is maintained. For the next two-year program effort: The leadership of Ohio in Great Lakes education has been recognized by new grants from sources outside Sea Grant. Sea Grant should participate in those regional efforts of curriculum development and teacher education, as well as continuing its own work for the State of Ohio. Since exceptional Great Lakes education materials are already available through our program, we see this as an opportunity to regionalize their character, incorporate modern educational practice for constructivist learning, and add important technological applications to OEAGLS and the new global change materials through a combination of funding. OEAGLS are coming under closer scrutiny as other Great Lakes states seek materials for their summer teacher education programs. The fact that OEAGLS appear to be mostly for Ohio and Lake Erie means that many potential users are lost. OEAGLS need modernization, plus repackaging into topic area collections for easier distribution. To change the materials themselves will not be sufficient, however. Teachers also need inservice education to assist them in the transition to new classroom processes that to date have not been a part of their preparation. With trained workshop facilitators in each state, the entire region stands to gain an increased level of Great Lakes awareness at a very reasonable cost. This proposal would support development of a leadership cadre for Ohio, focused in the MAS regions where demand for Great Lakes education is highest.


Year 1: With the assistance of experienced teachers, science/environmental education faculty, and a graduate associate, we will begin the adaptation/repackaging of existing materials (OEAGLS and new Great Lakes Activities for the Changing Earth System) and integrate these with new GLPF materials through leadership workshops during the summer. Education leaders who participate will return to their home states/provinces to conduct local workshops.

Year 2:

  • Complete regional materials from all projects. From 30 existing OEAGLS titles, 6-8 topical sets of activities will emerge. Environmental data materials will also be completed for GLPF.
  • Design a model 2-day workshop for use by trainers in their own states/provinces.
  • Conduct 4-day trainers' workshop for leaders from Ohio MAS regions.
  • Desktop publish and print all materials; conduct an awareness/PR program for national and regional audiences of science and geography teachers.

Contiunuing Great Lakes education program outreach and administration of the Ohio Sea Grant Education Program will be formalized by programmatic commitment to support a portion of the PI's time and reasonable education efforts for the foreseeable future. Public relations for Ohio Sea Grant among teacher audiences, promotion of education materials, and response to teacher requests are seen as appropriate activities, supplemental to curriculum development and teacher education.

Benefits & Accomplishments

Education efforts in Ohio Sea Grant since 1977 have resulted in a leadership position in Great Lakes environmental education and a strong reputation for the PIs for science education leadership nationally. Curriculum materials produced with Ohio Sea Grant support are exemplary, and workshop models developed here are used in education programs throughout the region. The current project is at the stage of pilot testing curriculum materials for Global Change in the Great Lakes, and developing technologies and instructional strategies for additional new materials. The PI has secured funds for parallel regional efforts in curriculum development and teacher education programs that serve the entire Great Lakes region