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In this seven-week module, students explore the focal question: what are the major socio-environmental and biophysical factors causing deterioration of water quality in the Liberty Reservoir (primary source of drinking water for Baltimore). Students first generate a list of what they would need to know to answer the focal question and then produce pre-systems map in their assigned ‘expert’ groups (land use, climate change, policy/politics and social). Students from each ‘expert’ group mix to form ‘synthesis’ groups and then produce post-systems map and final report. This two-level Jigsaw method entails distilling and integrating data and ideas
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General Biology Core Concepts
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Keywords watershed, reservoir, abiotic factors, ecosystems, human impacts, land use, water, water quality, drinking water
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Pedagogical Use Description In order to provide access to data and information, a computer lab is used for the implementation of this module.
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Full Name of Primary Author Mintesinot Jiru
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Primary Author Affiliation Department of Natural Sciences, Coppin State University
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Rights Mintesinot Jiru. 2 March 2017, posting date. Understanding Causes of Reservoir Water Quality Deterioration Using Socio-environmental Synthesis Approach Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 12: Practice #1 [online].
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
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Date Of Record Submission 2017-11-15
Date Of Record Release 2018-01-19 19:34:28
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Date Last Modified 2018-07-18 09:49:34
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