Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects


Social Work

Additional Departmental Affiliation

Geography and Geology

Document Type



The focus of this project was to examine the educational practices of Kentucky-based public school teachers (grades 4th-8th) related to their efforts to incorporate sustainability into the science classroom and specifically related to the teachers’ focus or lack of focus on karst landscape. The major themes that were analyzed were how educators include this content into their classroom material and how this impacts their students in the area of environmental sustainability. The themes analyzed were: environmental sustainability as a lifestyle choice; education about environmental sustainability, the nexus of family, school, and community; the importance of geographical context in regards to environmental education. This project also explored the implications of this research for Social Work education. More specifically, how this knowledge might inform an expansion of these topics in the Social Work classroom.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Simon Funge


Earth Sciences | Geology

Included in

Geology Commons