ERIC Number: ED368556
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Future of the Geosciences in the Pre-College Curriculum.
Mayer, Victor J.
Many are aware that to secure a safe Earth for future generations means that people must know more about the Earth, its inhabitants, and the role that each plays in sustaining life on Earth. This lack of knowledge today has led to decisions such as the destruction of the rainforest, the growing and inefficient use of fossil fuels, and until recently the continued use of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). In order to rectify this problem, many educators and scientists have suggested the development and implementation of school science programs that enfold the study of Earth systems. This paper provides a brief description of science education today, discussing the various influences on the development of a science curriculum, the need for Earth literacy, and the misrepresentation of the nature of science in curricula. More emphasis is placed on providing insight on an effort already in place to insure that science education reform in the United States will include planet Earth as a vehicle for teaching science. Educators are asked to seize this opportunity to provide students with knowledge that can be directly related to the world around them and hopefully provide an appreciation for the planet. (Contains 41 references.) (ZWH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Aesthetics; Earth; Nature of Science
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Geoscience Education and Training (Southampton, England, United Kingdom, April 23, 1993).