Determining the willingness to pay for ecosystem service restoration in a degraded coastal watershed: A ninth grade investigation

Kristina Nicosia, Suhrudh Daaram, Ben Edelman, Lev Gedrich, Eric He, Sarah McNeilly, Vishnu Shenoy, Akhil Velagapudi, Walter Wu, Luna Zhang, Aneri Barvalia, Veena Bokka, Brian Chan, Jennifer Chiu, Sai Dhulipalla, Victoria Hernandez, Jenny Jeon, Pranav Kanukollu, Pearl Kravets, Amrita ManthaColin Miranda, Vishan Nigam, Meghnee Patel, Sam Praveen, Thomas Sang, Shruti Upadhyay, Tanvee Varma, Camilla Xu, Bhavish Yalamanchi, Masha Zharova, Allen Zheng, Rashika Verma, James Vasslides, John Manderson, Rebecca Jordan, Steven Gray

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Abstract

Over the course of a school year, a high school biology class and a local watershed partnership worked together to design a study to determine the willingness to pay for ecosystem service restoration in a local degraded watershed. With research control given to the teacher and her classroom as part of their in-class honors biology curriculum, the result was a student designed/written, and professionally structured, research manuscript. The aim of this collaboration was to: (1) integrate quantitative social science into the K-12 science curriculum to foster learning about the nature of social science investigation in a real world context; (2) create a community-based science partnership; and (3) generate social science data useful for decision-making that could withstand scientific peer review. In this commentary, we present the written product of the classrooms' work to illustrate the type of information that can be generated by a participatory science education program, along with a reflection from the students and project researchers about opportunities and barriers to conducting authentic social science research in K-12 classrooms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalEcological Economics
Volume104
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

Keywords

  • Citizen science
  • Coastal watersheds
  • Contingent valuation
  • Ecosystem services
  • Environmental education
  • K-12

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