ERIC Number: ED269313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Ecopolitical Issues and the Secondary Curriculum.
Woyach, Robert B.
Guidelines are discussed for developing and selecting instructional materials about ecopolitical issues for secondary schools. Ecopolitical issues arise from human manipulation of the natural environment and include problems resulting from the limited capacity of the environment to satisfy human needs. High school courses that treat ecopolitical issues should emphasize a basic conceptual framework for understanding, interpreting, and making and judging decisions about these issues. This framework should help students to organize, interpret, and appraise information and ideas about the limits to growth debate. In addition, it should help students understand the sociopolitical context of these issues and develop a global perspective on them. Finally, students should have opportunities to develop skills in making and evaluating decisions about ecopolitical issues. Ten propositions are clarified and justified as guides to selection and emphasis of subject matter in secondary school courses in the social studies that include ecopolitical issues. These propositions can also be used as criteria for evaluating treatment of ecopolitical issues in curriculum materials. (JP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Decision Making, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Ecology, Economics, Global Approach, Living Standards, Natural Resources, Political Issues, Population Growth, Population Trends, Quality of Life, Secondary Education, Technology
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (25th, Atlanta, GA, March 31, 1984).