ERIC Number: ED315353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Global Ecosystem: Using the Global Education Curriculum to Expose Students to Contemporary Conflicts, Issues, Problems, and Situations Affecting Natural/Social Environments.
Students must clearly understand that every living thing on earth exists within the context of a system of interlocking dependency. Through the use of audio-visual materials, books, magazines, newspapers, and special television reports, as well as direct interaction with people, places, and things, students begin to develop a cognitive frame of reference to their world. Typically, global education programs focus on natural/social geography, history, economics, government, and sociology. Few attempts are made to fuse topics of study into a logical sequence of inquiry, stressing the interrelationships between natural and social environments and pointing out the conflicts, issues, and situations that confront nature and humankind. Ten sample lesson plans for grades 4 through 12 are included, covering such concepts as pollution, waste disposal, forest degradation, the greenhouse effect, urbanization, and endangered species. Some lessons include maps. It is hoped that these will serve as models that each teacher can use to create learning experiences unique to a particular class, at a particular setting, and in a particular point in time. Appended are various news clippings that deal with the concepts in the lesson plans, a list of selected international organizations, a fact sheet about Global Horizons, and 14 selected references. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.