ERIC Number: ED244685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May-22
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Global Issues in an Introductory Earth Science Course.
Pierce, James P.
Information is provided explaining the incorporation of global issues units into an introductory earth science course at Skagit Valley Community College (Mount Vernon, Washington). First, a short description is provided of the original format of the earth science course, which was designed as an introductory level survey course covering topics in the areas of astronomy, geology, oceanography, and meteorology. Next, a definition of global issues is provided which identifies them as issues transcending traditional nation-state boundaries that are characterized by an incapacity for autonomous decision, a present imperative, a policy orientation, and persistence. Rationales are then presented for incorporating global issues in the curriculum and teaching them in a science class. The next section explains how the original course was modified to include global issues, tracing the chronology of the modification process and identifying the specific global issues covered in the course (i.e., basic concepts, population, human rights, food, energy, environment, military arms and security). The bulk of the document consists of appendices providing course materials, including the original earth science course outline; descriptions for the global issues units incorporated during the first quarter of implementation; an outline of the course as currently taught; a list of texts and references; an overview of the examination and evaluation procedures used; and a detailed outline of the "Population as a Global Issue" unit. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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