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AQCP Case Studies

Case Studies:
These case studies are designed to provide sample problems for teachers and students to investigate their local air quality issues. The case studies are to be investigated using problem-based learning (PBL) by small groups of students. These groups define their own learning issues and conduct that research. Students should revisit the questions (what I know, what I need to know, what I need to learn more about) daily to further refine their efforts to solve the problem.

If independent group research is a new process for your class or you do not want to take the time necessary for them to work on the problem completely independently, you might want to provide some additional activities for the class to guide them in their study of this problem. Activities and additional information is available through our Teacher Resources site.

The case studies are available for you to download and edit. Therefore, you may choose to modify the problems to reflect a real-life situation at your school.

  • Asthma: Investigate how air quality issues influence respiratory health.
  • Visibility: Investigate how air quality impacts regional visibility; Grand Canyon and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks are used as examples.
  • Mercury: Investigate how one component of power plant emissions effects environmental and personal health.
  • Energy: Investigate how air quality issues may impact tribal decisions for economic development.



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Last updated: May 26, 2005