ERIC Number: ED100777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Investigating Environmental Problems in a High School Biology Course for Grades 11-12.
A second-year biology class at Sedro-Woolley High School is part of an interdisciplinary program designed to develop a heightened awareness of environmental problems. A model for such a course is explained and evaluated. Students' awareness of values increases through the use of problem-solving techniques, audiovisual aids, articles and books, and school-community projects in pursuing environmental concerns. These learned values rest on sociological, psychological, emotional, spiritual, and philosophical bases that interrelate with the values of scientific and technological developments. Through this, the student becomes aware that an environmental situation is the result of the relationship of man to his world. In evaluating results of the study, two thoughts come to mind for the teacher involved in an integrated academic program: (1) in keeping with the idea that all education is environmental education, one would conclude that ideas relative to environmental concerns should be interwoven into the total fabric of the educational process; and (2) a real challenge is presented to the teacher in preparing students to recognize our society's cultural attitudes and value systems and to provide a chance for the student to become adept at evaluating these attitudes and values, his own as well as those of society, and at developing his own perceptions. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Washington State Coll., Bellingham. Huxley Coll. of Environmental Studies.