ERIC Number: ED238817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Desolate Desert Controversy: Should Presto Power Company Build a Nuclear Plant? Instructor's Guide [and] Student Materials. A Business-in-the-Classroom Lesson Plan.
Maxey, Phyllis F.
One of a series of units designed to acquaint secondary school students with business issues, this packet focuses on the complex and controversial topic of energy technology. In a 5-day simulation, students play the roles of energy commission members, and business, local, and public interest group witnesses who must determine whether to build a nuclear power plant in the desert surrounding a growing urban area. By gathering and analyzing information on nuclear power, providing and weighing testimony, and considering the options and consequences of various types of energy generation, students not only gain knowledge about this timely issue, but also have the opportunity to examine their own values and attitudes, and practice decision-making skills. Teacher and student materials are provided in two separate sections. The teacher's guide contains an overview, objectives, preparation instructions, a background reading of the actual case on which this simulation is based, and student handouts for the simulation. Also provided are five lesson plans detailing the introduction, instructions, procedure, and debriefing for the simulation. Student materials consist of a reading which introduces the problem, a reading which describes the workings of a nuclear power plant, introductory discussion questions, a fact sheet and vote sheet for use during the simulation, and a decision-making guide. (LP)
Descriptors: Business, Conflict Resolution, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Decision Making, Energy, Energy Occupations, Environment, Government Role, Instructional Materials, Learning Activities, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power Plants, Power Technology, Public Agencies, Radiation, Secondary Education, Simulation, Skill Development, Units of Study
Constitutional Rights Foundation, 1510 Cotner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025 ($4.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Constitutional Rights Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.
Identifiers: Business and Society; Regulatory Agencies
Note: Instructor's Guide printed on colored paper. For related documents, see SO 015 366-381.