ERIC Number: ED114273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Education in Indiana Public Schools.
Hamm, Russell L.; Spear, Richard D.
The Curriculum and Research Development Center of Indiana State University sought to determine the number of high schools in Indiana that teach environmental education in some form. A questionnaire was mailed in February 1974 to the principals of all senior high, junior/senior high, and K-12 schools. The investigators were interested in finding out how much environmental education was offered, content areas, how it was taught, subject matter necessary for teacher preparation, priorities of environmental problems, and importance in the high school curriculum. A few of the major findings were: 6.5 percent of the 366 schools offered courses designated as environmental education; 21 percent offered courses although not so designated. Class enrollment ranged from 10 to 60 and average number of course offerings was there. Subject areas most often taught included water and air pollution, forest conservation, soil conservation, and wildlife conservation. Topic emphasis lead researchers to conclude that in Indiana high schools, conservation was environmental education. Recommendations called for the implementation of a nation-wide environmental education plan. Suggestions include a national conference of leaders to give direction to curriculum efforts, a test to students to determine environmental knowledge, inservice and preservice workshops, textbook revisions, etc. An annotated bibliography is provided. (BP)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Instruction, State Programs, State Surveys, Surveys, Teacher Education
Curriculum Research and Development Center, Jamison Hall, School of Education, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana 47809 (no price quoted)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute. Curriculum Research and Development Center.