ERIC Number: ED174363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
The OBIS Story. Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies.
Fairwell, Kay, Ed.
Active participation in a variety of outdoor activities by small groups of youngsters aged 10 to 15 is the focus of the Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS) project, designed to provide the firsthand outdoor experience necessary for understanding biological relationships. OBIS provides community-sponsored youth organizations and schools with 100 learning activities for use at outdoor sites, such as lawns, playgrounds, city lots, and parks, common in a man-managed environment. The OBIS Trial Edition, developed and tested over 6 years, consists of 4 Sets of 24 varied activities and a Trail Module of 4 related activities, all emphasizing biological interactions and environmental interrelationships. Their short duration and easy-to-follow format, including notes on preparation, all necessary biological information, inexpensive or homemade equipment, and follow-up, make OBIS activities suitable for both experienced and inexperienced outdoor education leaders. Because each activity is based on a single principle, leaders need not follow a rigid sequence of activities to ensure concept comprehension, although several activities may be sequenced in a program to suit the leader's needs or for integrated study of a specific subject. All trial activities are listed and briefly explained. The OBIS system also includes a training Primer, a Newsletter, and Resource Centers throughout the country. (SB)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Biology, Ecology, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Experiential Learning, Field Instruction, Group Activities, Guides, Illustrations, Instructional Materials, Learning Modules, Material Development, Outdoor Education, Program Descriptions, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Youth Clubs, Youth Programs
Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies, Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, Berkeley, California 94720 (free)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.