Teaching Resources for Teachers to Integrate Climate Topics Across The Curricula
The quality of life of future generations is largely dependent on the quality of education that we impart to today’s students. Educational methods are more effective when students are challenged to identify the cause and effect of a problem that they can relate to their life.
Climate change is considered to be the most critical factor affecting sustainable and equitable development, increasing conflicts, and causing massive extinction of species. Addressing the climate change issue is an essential step toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As the impact of climate change is inseparable from our day-to-day life, now and in future, it is both a problem to be addressed and a problem that can be adopted for more effective teaching.
We aim to integrate relevant education and science communication modules in the education system to help future citizens across the globe in improving their understanding of the science of climate change and in developing necessary skills to mitigate its impact.
TROP ICSU (“Trans-disciplinary Research Oriented Pedagogy for Improving Climate Studies and Understanding”) is a global project funded by the International Council of Science. The project is led by International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and co-led by International Union For Quaternary Research (INQUA).
We collate and curate digital/ICT-based teaching resources that integrate climate studies across the curriculum of Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Humanities. These teaching resources are locally rooted in their context, but globally relevant for their science.
Advancing Science As a Global Public Good
ISC Action Plan
TROP ICSU, a project funded by the International Science Council (ISC), aligns to its Global Action Plan on Advancing Science as a Public Good.
Our innovative educational resources, with detailed step-by-step descriptions for use in regular lectures, are designed and packaged so that teachers in schools and colleges/Universities across the world can use them to
- introduce examples and case studies from climate science and climate change while enhancing the conceptual understanding of topics in the Sciences, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and other disciplines
- impart interdisciplinary training that is essential for research on climate change.
The goal is not to introduce Climate Education as a stand-alone topic, but to integrate it with the core curriculum of Science, Mathematics, and Social Sciences.
Each Teaching Tool is typically a computer-based tool such as an interactive visualization, model/ simulator, video micro-lecture, or classroom/ laboratory/ field activity that can be used to teach a topic in the curriculum of a particular discipline with the help of a climate-related example.
The Teaching Tools are categorized on the basis of Discipline, Type of Tool, Climate Topic, Grade Level, Region and Language.
Each Lesson Plan consists of a set of teaching tools and a write-up, packaged in the form of a step-by-step guide.
The content in a Lesson Plan describes how a topic in a particular discipline can be taught by using examples, case studies, and exercises related to climate change.
The TROP ICSU team aims to introduce the collection of digital teaching resources on the project website to teachers of various disciplines or subjects (Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Humanities) through workshops organized in different countries. These workshops are being planned and organized with valuable support from our partners and collaborators.
Dear Teachers / Educators
- These resources are by teachers and for teachers.
- The project is a proof of concept. It showcases a way of integrating climate change education with the core curriculum.
- You may have your own creative ways of achieving the same objective. Please do share your ideas on this platform for the benefit of other teachers across the world.
- We are aware that not all lesson plans provided here may be suitable for use across the globe. We sincerely hope that our efforts here would provide you with ideas to develop your own Lesson Plans.
- Your feedback after using these resources will greatly help us in further improving the educational resources for climate change education.
Dear Students / Learners
- Use these educational resources to not only strengthen your understanding of core topics in a discipline/subject but also enhance your knowledge of climate science and climate change.
- These resources will help you explore and learn about various topics in any discipline/subject in an interactive and engaging manner.
- In addition, you will also be able to learn about the science of climate and climate change through examples and case studies.
- You can select resources from a collection spanning a range of disciplines/subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Economics.
- You can also choose from teaching tools of various types (Games, Videos, Interactive Visualizations, Models/Simulators, Classroom/Laboratory Activities, etc.) and examples from different geographic locations for an immersive learning experience.
- Further, the examples, case studies, and activities will help in equipping you and all future generations with key 21st century learning skills and with the knowledge to identify and develop solutions for climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience.
- We are constantly updating the content to increase the relevance and number of educational resources for you and students/learners across the world.