Available 01.05.2018
Third Edition   ©2018

Scientific American Environmental Science for a Changing World

Susan Karr , Anne Houtman , Jeneen InterlandI

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-05962-7; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-05962-0; Format: Paper Text, 432 pages
  • Captivating stories – 32 modules organized into 11 chapters, each follows an engaging, real story that illustrates core science concepts. Magazine-like photos and infographics bring the story and science to life.
  • Infographics – Infographics work like scientific storyboards, clarifying the scientific concepts and processes. Clear, concise captions and callouts help students interpret data. Each infographic is accompanied by a Critical Thinking Question to foster scientific literacy.
  • Pedagogy – Each module begins with a Core Message and Guiding Questions tied to the chapter’s scientific content. Icons in the infographics and section headings point back to the Guiding Questions, and key concepts in each section re-emphasize the chapter’s essential ideas. Each module ends with a set of study questions designed to reinforce the link between the science and the Guiding Questions.

  • Three Literacies – Environmental science touches all aspects of our lives and is a prime venue for teaching core competencies for the non-major: environmental literacy, science literacy, and information literacy. Chapter 1 emphasizes each competency in its own module, and all 32 modules reinforce the three literacies:

      • Environmental literacy: The scientific, social, political, and economic facets of environmental issues are examined and presented in a balanced way, especially for controversial topics. Sustainable solutions are presented.

      • Science literacy: Modules include experimental evidence and graphical data, and describe the day-to-day work of scientists, giving students opportunities to evaluate evidence and understand the process of science.

      • Information literacy: Students must be able to find information and assess its quality. Each chapter shows students how to search for and find scientific information, and how to critically analyze information and sources.

  • NEW Interactive Maps – Because local, regional, and global events and issues are all crucial to the course, each module in the third edition includes an interactive map highlighting related stories from regions in the U.S. and around the world. Each map is accompanied by assessments in Sapling Plus.
    • Bring it Home – This feature provides students with ways they can make a difference: individually, as a group, and by influencing policy.