Evaluating evidence – climate and environmental change

How we teach critical thinking to students in the 21st Century is crucial. Today important policy decisions ranging from food and vaccine safety to climate and environmental change require citizens to be able to evaluate the credibility of statements on scientific evidence. In this workshop, we will begin with an introduction to evaluating scientific evidence with special emphasis on claims or counter-claims of evidence in the media. Next, we will introduce teachers to publicly available open-sources datasets, both Swedish and Global. These datasets can be used in a variety of classroom curriculum with the goal of evaluating evidence for climate and environmental change. We will then discuss where these types of datasets can be integrated into STEM curriculum and finally work with real data using two case studies related to climate change.

Workshop Aims

  1. How to evaluate scientific evidence: lessons from the media and internet. (Martin Rosvall)

  2. Use of case studies and corresponding methods that can be brought into the classroom to focus on using open-source data as evidence and how to engage students in critical thinking by participating directly in scientific projects as citizen scientists. (Keith Larson)

  3. How to integrate publicly available data and citizen science projects in the classroom to teach students how to evaluate evidence. (Gabrielle Beans)


Evaluating evident - calling bullshit (PDF) - Martin Rosvall

Stories of Change: Case studies: localization to create impact in the classroom (PDF) - Keith Larson

  • Case study one: localizing global temperature rise using SMHI and NASA GISTEMP datasets

  • Case study two: permafrost thaw in Abisko using Abisko and global CO2 data

To the classroom: Stories of Change - locally grounded climate science (PDF) - Gabrielle Beans