Mycoliteracy: Experiential Teaching Tool For Teachers Low Income Public Schools - Grades 5 - 8
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Design for Sustainability
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Design for Sustainability
Bibliography: pages 89-95
"The goal of this project is to introduce experiential teaching opportunities that promote ecoliteracy through the use of mycelium forms to low socioeconomic status public schools. Low socioeconomic status schools have been targeted because of the challenges faced by both the students in low socioeconomic status communities and barriers faced by the teachers working within low socioeconomic status public schools. This thesis presents an opportunity to introduce students to natural processes early in life, combatting the effects of Nature Deficit Disorder, in order to build respect for the environment thereby creating more environmentally conscious citizens. The final design is focused on presenting opportunities for teachers in low socioeconomic status public schools, specifically Title I, to implement more engaging teaching methods, both in the classroom and outside. This will result it ecoliterate students who are more connected to not only the natural environment, their diets, and communities, but have stronger problem solving and creative thinking skills to benefit them throughout their life. Mycoliteracy utilizes the regenerative life cycle of mycelium forms to teach nationalized curriculum in low socioeconomic status public schools through project based lessons in the classroom and a school garden. For the purpose of this thesis, primary research opportunities have been presented in Savannah, Georgia and Clovis, New Mexico. Because of these opportunities and for the sake of brevity, some secondary research that exists on a national scale has been considered through the lenses of either or both of these two cities."
Key words: ecoliteracy, mycelium, nature deficit disorder, experiential
CHAIR: Boylston, Scott
Adams, Elaine Gallagher
Design for Sustainability
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