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ERIC Number: ED349172
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Waste Wise: Concepts In Waste Management. A Resource Guide for Teachers Using Concepts of Critical Thinking and Decision Making.
Heimlich, Joe E.
This book presents materials, activities, background information, and student handouts for conducting educational programs that allow students to explore packaging and handling practices as these relate to waste generation and management options. An educational approach used in the development of these materials is based on the idea that solid waste is one contemporary issue that is conducive to the development of childrens' critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills. An introduction conveys a historical perspective of the changing nature of waste and waste disposal techniques. The materials are divided into six sections: (1) volume of waste generated; (2) options for handling waste; (3) decisions on packaging; (4) life cycle of product packaging; (5) the aseptic package; and (6) student handouts. The interdisciplinary design of the activities are appropriate for multiple grade levels. While not referenced by grade, the activities are structured so that content, discussion and activities may be adapted to particular classes. Many of these activities are cited as having been tested at varying levels from primary students through adult groups. Activity plans follow a general format beginning with objectives, methods, materials, procedures, and extension activities. (MCO)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Concept Formation, Critical Thinking, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Problem Solving, Recycling, Resource Materials, Solid Wastes, Thinking Skills, Waste Disposal, Wastes
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Aseptic Packaging Council, Washington, DC.