ERIC Number: ED238652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
COPEing With Environmental Education Program Development and Infusion into the Global Studies Curricula of Rural Schools.
Peters, Richard O.
An environmental education-oriented global studies program to promote attitudes of environmental stewardship can be implemented in K-12 rural school systems, as an integrated part of social studies instruction, without overburdening the curriculum, by using the Curriculum Organization and Program Evaluation (COPE) model. The model provides opportunities to clarify goals and performance objectives, and to state them in behavioral terms on paper. The COPE format encompasses clearly-stated goals (Essential Student Objectives--ESOs), performance objective (Performance Indicators--PIs), delivery structure/course outline, strategies to affect student awareness/exposure/skills development and enrichment, program evaluation design, and a vehicle for periodic program/strategy assessment and revision. In elementary grades, global studies/environmental education can be integrated with geography on non-Western civilization courses; in grades 6-8, the concepts can be incorporated into world history courses; at high school level, the subjects can be offered as an elective course. Students in rural seashore communities can relate life styles to study of other culture groups which depend on the sea for food and industry; students in the Southwestern desert environment can relate personal experiences to study of the Middle East. A sample COPE unit on environmental awareness is detailed as to ESOs, PIs, content, instructional activities, materials, evaluation, and comments. (MH)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Conservation (Environment), Course Content, Course Objectives, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Field Trips, Global Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Outdoor Activities, Perspective Taking, Program Descriptions, Rural Education, Rural Environment, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.