Building a Freshman-Year Foundation for Sustainability Studies: Terrascope, A Case Study
Author(s)Epstein, Ari W.; Bras, Rafael L.; Bowring, Samuel A.
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Terrascope is a freshman learning community at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in which teams of students work to find solutions to large ‘unsolvable’ problems and to communicate about those problems with a wide variety of audiences in multiple formats. The program strongly promotes students’ autonomy in focusing and structuring their work, and student projects culminate in public presentations, both to general audiences and to panels of technical specialists. Students who have completed the program tend to show strong engagement with environmental and sustainability issues, as well as the skills and experience to work intensively on such issues within multidisciplinary teams. Here, we present the program as a case study, with some discussion of the factors that are key to its operation.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences; MIT Terrascope program
A. Epstein, R. Bras, and S. Bowring, “Building a freshman-year foundation for sustainability studies: Terrascope, a case study,” Sustainability Science, vol. 4, Apr. 2009, pp. 37-43.
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