As an ecologist, I have been involved in projects that have investigated the regional and global effects of Global Climate Change. I believe that there exists a “disconnect” in our society between the “global” and “local” understanding of this phenomenon, which is the underlying cause of mass misconception and confusion. Empowering teachers with the tools to create and develop conceptual understanding of such critical environmental issues is the first step in creating a social construct that influences global policy change. Thus, my current research is oriented towards designing professional development workshops that increases the expertise and confidence of teachers in teaching Global Climate Change issues from both local and regional perspectives.
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