College of Staten Island
 The City University of New York
  Erica Blatt
Assistant Professor

Erica Blatt
Assistant Professor

Office : Building 3S Room 212
Phone : 718.982.4174
Fax : 718.982.3743

Degrees :
B.A., Washington University
M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of New Hampshire

Biography / Academic Interests :
Professor Blatt specializes in Science Education, focusing on the incorporation of environmental science into the elementary and secondary science curriculum. Her research interests include adolescent environmental identity and pro-environmental behavior, and best teaching practices for inclusion of environmental topics into the science curriculum. Professor Blatt has previously taught high school Biology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science in settings as diverse as inner city Philadelphia, Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, and in Costa Rica, and has spent extensive time traveling and conducting research abroad in Europe and Taiwan. She also served as instructor and internship coordinator for the Masters of Environmental Education program at the University of New Hampshire for four years. Professor Blatt is currently teaching science methods courses for pre-service teachers in the Department of Education at CSI.††

Scholarship / Publications :
Professor Blatt has written and presented on the rational and non-rational factors contributing to studentsí environmental learning, as well as issues related to teaching and curriculum development of the Environmental Science course at the secondary level. She has also investigated and published a book chapter (Sense Publishers) in 2009 on the science learning of indigenous children in Taiwan. Dr. Blatt has utilized the research methodology of ethnography in multiple projects, and contributed to symposia on this type of research. Forthcoming articles focus on the process of change in studentsí environmental identity and pro-environmental behavior as they participate in an Environmental Science course, as well as curricular issues involved in the teaching of this course.