ERIC Number: ED032659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-12
Reference Count: 0
Conservation Education Improvement. Final Report.
Diem, Kenneth L.; Hennebry, Howard M.
In an attempt to improve the teaching of conservation in elementary and junior high schools, a set of integrated sequential core units was formulated and tested in five Wyoming school districts during the fall and early winter of 1968. Based on a total sample of 840 elementary students (38% usable response) and 960 junior high students (49% usable response), statistical analyses indicated that teachers' use of the guides and their classroom presentations were successful in stimulating student interest in conservation problems. With the exception of the unit for grade 6 on minerals and oils, which proved too difficult and will require rewriting, consistent student test performances in all school districts and in all other grades indicated that the materials are at an appropriate grade level of difficulty. Findings support the value of the sequential resource unit approach to both the teacher and the student. In addition to an introductory guide to Wyoming's natural resources and their management, complete curriculum core units for each grade are appended as follows: (1) Wildlife, (2) Water, (3) Soils, (4) Grassland, (5) Forests, (6) Minerals and Oil, (7) Pollution, (8) Human Resources, and (9) Environmental Usage. (JK)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Conservation Education, Curriculum Guides, Educational Research, Elementary Schools, Forestry, Human Resources, Instructional Improvement, Instructional Materials, Junior High Schools, Land Use, Natural Resources, Physical Environment, Soil Conservation, Student Projects, Teaching Guides, Water Resources, Wildlife Management
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Wyoming Univ., Laramie.