ERIC Number: ED230371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Energy: Decisions for Today and Tomorrow. [Student's Guide.] Preparing for Tomorrow's World.
Iozzi, Louis A.; And Others
The purpose of this module is to engage students (grades 7-8) in examining issues that underlie the "energy crisis" and in considering value aspects involved in decisions regarding energy consumption, distribution, sources, and other energy-related issues. The module is comprised of three parts, each focusing on a current, major source of fuel energy and its related issues. These include oil and transportation, nuclear energy, and coal. To demonstrate some of the many aspects of the subject, dilemmas or role-playing situations highlight the effects and problems posed by increased consumption of these fuels. Dilemmas are brief stories posing a critical decision to be made by a main character. This decision revolves around conflicts between two or more moral/ethical issues (as identified by Kohlberg) presented in the situation, and it is the moral/ethical implication that provides the thrust for later student discussions. Preceding each dilemma are readings/case studies providing background information regarding issues in the dilemmas. Questions are also provided to stimulate thinking about the issues and generate discussions. The module may be used as a separate unit of study, as a mini-course, or incorporated into social studies, general science, earth science, health education, or language arts courses. (JN)
Descriptors: Coal, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Energy, Environmental Education, Fuels, Futures (of Society), Interdisciplinary Approach, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Moral Development, Moral Issues, Nuclear Energy, Problem Solving, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Social Studies, Technology
SOPRIS WEST, Inc., 1120 Delaware Ave., Longmont, CO 80501 (Complete multi-media module, including student materials, $70; replacement student worksheets, $5).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: Rutgers, The State Univ., New Brunswick, NJ. Center for Coastal and Environmental Studies.