Date of Award

Spring 1996

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Environmental Policy Studies - (M.S.)

Department

Humanities and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Norbert Elliot

Second Advisor

Daniel Watts

Third Advisor

John Opie

Abstract

In industries today, there is a desire to stop pollution before it starts, through the process of pollution prevention. Unfortunately, many university level students are not exposed to the thinking process involved in environmental problem solving early enough in their academic career, if they are exposed to it at all. The goal of this thesis is to develop and to evaluate an interdisciplinary case-study about the depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer by chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). This case-study will be used to teach first year chemistry students about environmental problem solving. The case study was assembled from existing literature according to principles derived from environmental texts. The written case study was evaluated first by a panel of four industry experts. The case study was then transformed into a computerized teaching tool using a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) editor. The computer tool was then evaluated by a separate panel of experts comprised of three industry experts, and three university professors. The professors were from the fields of chemistry, economics, and history. Both the economics and history professors were familiar with the field of environmental policy. This mix of disciplines allowed for a balanced evaluation of the interdisciplinary teaching tool. Finally, the experts' comments were incorporated into the final version of the teaching tool.

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