Janice Schnake Greene

 Janice Schnake Greene

Department of Biology
Missouri State University
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897
E-mail address: janicegreene@missouristate.edu


Research Interests

Courses Taught

Publications

Grants Invited Presentations Graduate Student Research
Professional Association Memberships Recent Professional Presentations A Couple of Sites I Like to Browse
Professional Activities Reports Links

Research Interests

My main area of interest focuses on environmental education. I am involved in teacher training, evaluation of student knowledge and attitudes, and evaluation of environmental education resources. I conduct workshops each year in Project Learning Tree, Project WILD, Project WET, and Zero Population Growth. All are national environmental education programs designed to promote awareness, knowledge, skills, and behaviors relating to forests, wildlife, water, and human population growth, respectively. I have evaluated participation in, attitude change, or effectiveness of a variety of environmental education materials including the above projects, a conservation comic book, and a conservation-oriented CD-ROM. A current project involves an assessment of 6th and 12th graders= attitudes and knowledge concerning conservation-related issues.

Students studying in a boat.Another area of interest is improving the preparation of future science teachers. I have started a biology laboratory internship program which allows future biology teachers to assist and teach in introductory biology laboratories. This gives experience in prepping and teaching labs before they begin their student teaching.





giardia flowersA third area of interest is in human dimensions of resource management. This area focuses on the attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors of people with regard to management decisions. Few management decisions, today, are made without regard to the different groups of people involved. If a decision is made without regard to interested persons, there is usually a controversy. Knowing what people know, how they think, and what they are involved in helps to avoid controversy and make the best decisions possible for the resource.




Grants

Recipient(s)

Year(s)

Amount

Payor

Reason/use

Greene, J.
A. Wait
2006 $3,950 Missouri State University Summer Program at Bull Shoals Field Station
Greene, J. 2005 $1,575 Missouri State University Curriculum Development at the Bull Shoals Field Station
Greene, J. 2004-2005 $14,361 Missouri Watershed Information Network Watershed Education class Implementation and four 4-H watershed workshops
Greene, J. 2004 $4,820 Missouri Watershed Information Network Watershed Data Collection
Greene, J. 2004-2008 $97,933 Upper White River Basin Foundation Water quality monitoring of Beaver Creek and Bull Shoals Lake
Greene, J.
E. Redd.
2004 $42,000 National Science Foundation Facilities improvement at the Bull Shoals Field Station
Greene, J.
J. Havel
M. Dickerson
2002 $7,917 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education workshop at Bull Shoals Field Station
Greene, J.
B. Greene
2002 $32,326 Eisenhower Professional Development Program
Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education
FIELDS Project: Field Instructional Experiences in lesson Development in Science
Wilbers, A
J. S. Greene
2001 $2050 James River Basin Partnership Forestry assessment, management, and land use practices within the James River Basin Watershed.
Greene, B.
G. Saunders
J. Greene
2000 $2398 Southwest Missouri State University
Funding for Results Grant
Increasing student interest and participation in Biology for non-majors using small-group activities during lecture meetings.

Professional Association Memberships

 

Current Professional Activities

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Member of Missouri State University, Women in Science and Mathematics Committee which organizes and conducts an Expanding Your Horizons Conference annually to encourage 6th, 7th and 8th grade girls in science.  1994-present.

            Member, Human Subjects Review Committee.  Southwest Missouri State University.  1996 - present.

 Member of Program Committee for the 7th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management.  1997-98.  Columbia, Missouri.

Chair of Finance Committee for Missouri Environmental Education Association.  1997-2001.

Member of Education Committee of the James River Basin Partnership.  Springfield, Missouri. 1998.

Member and Vice-Chair (2000 - 2002) of University Child Care Center Board.  Springfield, Missouri.  1998-2002.

Missouri Coordinator for the Leopold Education Project.  1998-present.

Commissioner, Missouri Clean Water Commission.  2000 – 2004.

Senior Personnel, Beyond the Horizon: Women and girls in the 21st century.  National Science Foundation Grant granted to female science faculty at SMSU and Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.  2000-2002.

Member of Missouri Environmental Education Conference Steering Committee.  2001.

Chair of Role and Status of Women in Biology Education Section of the National Association of Biology Teachers.  October, 2002 – October, 2003. 

Chair-elect of Role and Status of Women in Biology Education Section of the National Association of Biology Teachers.  October, 2004 – October, 2005. 

Chair, Certification Committee.  Missouri Environmental Education Association.  2004 – 2005.

Chair of Role and Status of Women in Biology Education Section of the National Association of             Biology Teachers.  October, 2005 – October, 2006.

Reviewer of National Science Foundation Field Station and Marine Laboratory grant proposals.  July, 2005; May, 2006, June 2008. 

Reviewer for American Biology Teacher journal.  2002 – present.

Tree City USA Committee, City of Springfield, Missouri.  2006 – present.

James River Basin Partnership Board.  2006 – present.

 

Courses Taught

General Biology Lecture and Lab (nonmajor) - General education requirement and introductory course for elementary education majors.

Biological Concepts I and II (major) - Introductory biology courses for students with a major or minor in biology; also coordinated the laboratory.

Introduction to the Diversity of Life - An overview of kingdoms for preservice secondary teachers.

Life Science for Middle School - An inquiry-based course for pre-service middle school teachers.

Teaching of High School Natural Science - Science teaching methods for secondary school science.

Women in Science - History of women in science, their accomplishments, and issues related to women in science.

Various graduate-level environmental courses for educators including:  Environmental Education for Educators, Teaching Outdoor Research Methods, Outdoor Biology Education, Environmental Ethics,  Using Journals to Teach Science, etc.

Invited Presentations

Review of Missouri’s 6th and 12th grade conservation survey.  Missouri Department of Conservation, Outreach and Education Division meeting.  Lake Ozark, Missouri.  February, 2000.

Missouri Youth - What Makes Them Tick?  65th Annual Convention of the Conservation Federation of Missouri.  Lake Ozark, Missouri.  March, 2001.

Environment and the Human Spirit.  English Week panel on the effects of pollution.  Southwest Missouri State University.  March, 2003.

Water quality: Concerns and realities in southwest Missouri.  Environmental Forum.  Southwest Missouri State University.  April 23, 2003.

Greene, J.  October, 2006.  Resources for Educating About Water.  Arkansas Watershed Conference.  Fayetteville, AR

Greene, J.  March, 2008.  Aldo Leopold:  His life and interest in birds.  Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.  Springfield, MO.

Greene, J., and D. Allen.  September, 2008.  Effects  of attendance at a county watershed festival on 5th graders knowledge and attitudes.  James River Basin Partnership Board Retreat.  Springfield, MO.

 

Recent Professional Presentations

Greene, J, and G. Gray.  2002.  Who led the way?  Integrating the past with the present.  Missouri Conference on Environmental Education.  Osage Beach, Missouri.

Greene, J., T. McPheeters, K. Fields, and W. Rapp.  2003.  FIELDS Project: Field Instructional Experiences in Lesson Development in Science.  National Association of Biology Teachers.  Portland, Oregon.

Greene, J. S.  2004.  Research in the Outdoors.  Invited 3-hour workshop at Missouri Environmental Education Association=s EE Campus.  Columbia, Missouri.

Rapp, W., and J. S. Greene.  2004.  Amphibians in the Classroom: An Issues-Based Approach.  National Association of Biology Teachers.  Chicago, Illinois.

Saunders, G. and J. S. Greene.  2005.  GLOBE Project:  Soils Introductory session.  Interface:  Science and Mathematics Conference.  Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Greene, J.  2005.  Knowing Where You Live:  Getting students to understand their world.            National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference.  Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Bowles, B., C. Prussia, and J. Greene.  2007.  Beaver Creek and Upper Bull Shoals Lake water quality monitoring project.  Poster Presentation.  Missouri Natural Resources Conference. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.      

Greene, J.  2007.  Growing, Growing, Gone?  A population and resources lesson plan.  Science Teachers of Missouri Fall Conference (In cooperation with the Missouri Environmental Education Association).  Jefferson City, Missouri.

Greene, J.  2008.  People Count:  Population education in science, math, and social studies.  Missouri Middle School Association.  Thirty-second Annual Conference.  Osage Beach, Missouri.

Frey, T., J. Greene, H. Neill, and D. Allen.  2008.  County Watershed Festivals:  Teaching 5th graders about local water issues.  North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference.   Wichita, KS.

Greene, J.  2008.  Send Them Outside:  Improving Scores, Skills and Attitudes.  Academy for Educational Studies - Rethinking Education:  Is it time for radical change in the public schools?  Branson, Missouri. 

Greene, J.  2008.  BRRR!  How plants and animals deal with winter.  Missouri Environmental Education Association Annual Conference.  St. Louis, Missouri.

Reports

Greene, J., and K.  Pattinson.  2002.  Evaluation of the “Rivers and Streams Habitat Pack.  Report to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Greene, J., and C. Prussia.  2004.  Water Quality Report for Beaver Creek and Bull Shoals Lake:  Year 1.  Report to the Upper White River Basin Foundation.

Greene, J., and C. Prussia.  2005.  Water Quality Report for Beaver Creek and Bull Shoals Lake:  Year 2.  Report to the Upper White River Basin Foundation.

Greene, J.  2006.  Correlation of the Missouri Forestkeepers Project with the Missouri Show-Me Standards and Science Grade Level Expectations.  Report to Missouri Forest ReLeaf.

Bowles, B., C. Prussia, and J. Greene.  2006.  Water Quality Report for Beaver Creek and Bull Shoals Lake:  Year 3.  Report to the Upper White River Basin Foundation.

Prussia, C., B. D. Bowles, and J. S. Greene.  2007.  Water Quality Monitoring Results – Beaver Creek and Bull Shoals Lake:  Final Report.  Submitted to the Upper White River Basin Foundation. 

Bowles, E., and J. Greene.  2008.  Upper White River Basin Monitoring Analysis.  Report submitted to Upper White River Basin Foundation.

 

Publications

Greene, J. S.  2002.  Amphibians and Reptiles: A Teacher’s Activity Guide.  Published and distributed by Missouri Department of Conservation. 

Greene, J. S., and B. D. Greene.  2004.  Using amphibians and reptiles to teach the process of science.  Republished in special edition on inquiry learning.  Science Activities. 

Greene, J.  2006.  Reading the Landscape:  Strategies for helping students become curious observers of relationships and processes in nature.  Green Teacher.  78:30-32.

Wilbers Luekenotto, A., and J. Greene.  In press.  For Slugs Sake:  Making a refuge for slugs, bugs & other invertebrates.  Green Teacher.

Frey, T., J. Greene, H. Neill, and D. Allen.  In press.  County Watershed Festivals:  Teaching 5th graders about local water issues.  In Proceedings of the 37th Annual North American Association for Environmental Education Annual Conference.   Wichita, KS.

Greene, J.  In preparation. Send Them Outside:  Improving Scores, Skills and Attitudes.  In the Proceedings of the 2008 Academy for Educational Studies - Rethinking Education:  Is it time for radical change in the public schools?  Branson, Missouri. 

Graduate Student Research  

Hoffman, M.  M.S.  2003.  The effectiveness of an interpretive center on attitudes and knowledge about grasslands at Prairie State Park.

Shiveley, K.  M.S. Ed. 2003.  The relationship between teaching methodologies and seventh grade science MAP achievement.

Dodge, B.  M.S. Ed.  2004.  A correlational study of environmental attitudes and achievement in high school science.

Rapp, W.  M. S.  2004.  Evaluating the effectiveness of an issues-based curriculum on student knowledge and attitudes toward amphibians.

Cavener, R.  M. S. Ed.  2003.  Effect of constructivist teaching on student learning and retention.

Fields, K.  M. S.  2003.  Environmental education’s effects on the attitudes, knowledge, and        concern for the environment among secondary students.

Oliver, H.  M.S. Ed.  2003.  A survey of science term knowledge preparedness in 9th graders. 

McPheeters, T.  M.S. Ed.  2004.  An exploratory science class influence on students’ attitudes      toward science.

Spencer, K.  M. S. Ed.  2004.  Dissecting the process of dissection:  A comparison of animal         dissection and computer-generated dissection with middle school students.

Wityk, M.  M. N. A. S.  2004.  Improving students’ performance by implementing motivational    learning strategies and constructivist teaching methods.

Thornsberry, H.  M.S.  Ed.  2004.  Importance of inquiry-based experiences on science      achievement:  A science club curriculum.

Moore, J. B.  M.S. Ed.  2005.  A survey of secondary school science students regarding academic            dishonesty.

Peirce, M.  M.S. Ed.  2005.  The effect of live animals in the classroom on tenth grade biology      students’ attitudes toward science.

Stuart, L.  M.S.  2006.  A correlation study of teachers’ attitudes toward science and student       achievement.

Kowalski, A.  M.N.A.S.  2008.  A guide to eastern cottonwood ecology and restoration with accompanying lab activities. 

Allen, D.  M.S.  2008.  An evaluation of knowledge gains and retention rates of 5th grade students after attendance at a watershed festival.

Reuter, B.  M.S. Ed.  2008.  Effects of species identification activities on students’ attitudes toward organisms.

Carl, J.  In progress.  Effect of an outdoor learning experience on students’ land ethic.

White, R.  In progress.  Development of inquiry-based biology laboratory exercises.

 

A Couple of Sites I Like to Browse:

Missouri Department of Conservation

Zero Population Growth

Access Excellence

Environmental Education on the Internet

Second Nature

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