The program's creator , Margaret Bogan , is an assistant professor of education at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville , Ala. One of her main goals is to expose teachers to an eclectic array of viewpoints , from local owners of mines and dams to biologists to native American medicine men
Many participants have commented that the program was a life-changing experience for them , says Bogan
, It brings home to them the fact that human populations are part of a larger system , and that while humans depend on other living things , there are other living things that don't necessarily depend on us.Participants find that they begin to relate to everything in a new way.They reevaluate why they teach their subject , to what ends.This helps them create classrooms that make science real for students.They also find themselves becoming more active , and , as a result , their students become more active..
The recently completed Volunteer-led Investigations of Neighborhood Ecology ( VINE ) Follow-Through Project3 , developed by NAAEE
, is an EE professional development effort in much the same vein.