ERIC Number: ED213609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS): 1972-79. Final Project Report.
Laetsch, W. M.; Knott, Robert C.
Prepared for the National Science Foundation (NSF), this report summarizes the development and work of the Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS) project from 1972 to 1979. One hundred activities for ten- to fifteen-year-olds in community groups (scouts, clubs, camps, churches, etc.) were developed, field tested, revised, and made available to the public. The intent of the materials was to increase the environmental awareness, knowledge, and management skills of future decision makers by teaching about major biological concepts and ecological interactions in an informal educational setting. Special characteristics of the program include a national scope within regional and local diversity, flexible use patterns, "leaderproof" activities, multidisciplinary approach, and grassroots involvement. This report outlines, phase by phase, the procedures used in developing OBIS and offers a model useful to other curriculum developers interested in producing attractive, community-based materials. It discusses the folios, field and resource centers, community involvement, activity production, instructional strategies, domestic and international adaptations, and commercial production (1979-1981). (SK)
Descriptors: Biology, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Curriculum Development, Ecology, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Nonschool Educational Programs, Outdoor Education, Science Activities, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Lawrence Hall of Science.