ERIC Number: ED260936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
Human Ecology: A Perspective for Biology Education. Monograph Series II.
Bybee, Rodger W.
This monograph provides a framework for biology teachers who are rethinking and redesigning their programs. The major focus is on the human ecology perspective in biology programs. The first chapter attempts to define and clarify human ecology through historical review. The second chapter provides support, based on a survey of citizens (scientists, engineers, general public, and students), for including human ecology in biology education. Policies for programs and practices are outlined in the third chapter. A conceptual framework for a human ecological perspective in biology education is included. The framework provides (in table format) a list of topics with related concepts and teaching examples. The fourth and fifth chapters are both the major portion and the most practical components of the monograph. An exclusive review of curriculum materials is provided in the fourth chapter. These materials, from 16 publishers, include such programs as "The Human Sciences Program,""Energy, Resources, and Environment," and "Health Activities Project (HAP)." Each curriculum review includes the following: (1) program director/publisher; (2) program objectives and a description; (3) methods of instruction; (4) specific subjects, grade, age, and ability levels; (5) materials offered; (6) program implementation; and (7) teacher preparation. The fifth chapter consists of seven teaching/learning activities focusing on population growth, age structure of population, air quality and automobiles, thermal pollution, vegetations and soils, supply and demand of resources, and a tragedy of the commons (communal pasture). Each activity includes background information, objectives/concepts fostered, and recommended instructional strategies. (JN)
Descriptors: Biology, Curriculum Development, Ecology, Environmental Education, Program Descriptions, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Surveys, Teaching Methods
National Association of Biology Teachers, 11250 Roger Bacon Dr. #19, Reston, VA 22090 ($10.00 members, $12.00 non-members).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Association of Biology Teachers, Washington, DC.