ERIC Number: ED326420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
A Prototype Environmental Education Curriculum for the Middle School. A Discussion Guide for Unesco Training Seminars on Environmental Education. Environmental Education Series 29.
Hungerford, Harold R.; And Others
This document presents an environmental education curriculum and associated materials for the middle school. The organization of the document is intended to be simple and understandable. Because the curriculum described here is organized around a set of commonly accepted goals for curriculum development in the field, Chapter I focuses on those goals and their validity, and an effort is made to put these goals into perspective for the curriculum developer. Chapter II focuses on environmental education and the middle school learner. Very specific suggestions are made with respect to the methods that can best make a middle school curriculum work for learners. Methods associated with the use of the case study in environmental education, issue investigation, and citizenship action training are included. Other strategies deal with topics such as the use of community resources, the effective use of field trips, role playing, simulations, and panel discussions. Chapter III presents the prototype curriculum itself in outline form. The 3-year curriculum is divided into three components: (1) ecological foundations; (2) environmental science and environmental health; and (3) issue investigation and citizenship action training. Chapter IV discusses the infusion of environmental content and skills into existing courses at the middle school level. Examples of infusion and team-teaching approaches are presented along with a detailed outline which offers suggestions for infusing Chapter III's scope and sequence into existing courses. Appended are an abbreviated curriculum module on the ecosystem, a case study model on solid waste management, selected activities from issue investigation and citizen action training, a glossary, and a bibliography of 69 items. (KR)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Course Content, Curriculum Guides, Ecology, Energy Conservation, Environmental Education, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Natural Resources, Population Education, Science Activities, Science and Society, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
UNESCO, Place de Fontenoy, Paris, France 75700 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Div. of Science, Technical and Environmental Education.
Note: A product of the Unesco-UNEP International Environmental Education Programme.