ERIC Number: ED340596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Feb
Earth Science Education for the 21st Century: A Planning Guide.
American Geological Inst., Alexandria, VA.
In response to the growing national concern about precollege science education, this guide was developed to assist school administrators, curriculum planners, teachers, and scientists in incorporating earth science in K-12 science curricula. The guide is divided into four main sections that provide a framework for planning and implementing earth science education programs. The sections are as follows: (1) goals to guide the development of K-12 earth science curricula (in the areas of stewardship, appreciation, scientific thought, and knowledge); (2) concepts that are basic to understanding the earth and its interacting systems (with discussions of the earth in space, earth systems, geologic time, change, evolution, cycles, scales, and resources); (3) recommendations for teaching earth science subject matter in grades K-12 (discussed in terms of curriculum objectives, how students learn, teaching strategies, and assessment); and (4) recommendations for implementing new earth science curricula in the schools (discussed in the context of four essential tasks, namely, developing materials, developing support, preservice and inservice teacher education, and partnerships). The goals, concepts, and recommendations were developed by scientists, science educators, school administrators, and teachers who attended one or more of six regional conferences conducted by the American Geological Institute. (KR)
Descriptors: College Preparation, Curriculum Development, Earth Science, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evolution, Geology, Inservice Teacher Education, Material Development, Preservice Teacher Education, School Business Relationship, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy
American Geological Institute Publications Center, P.O. Box 2010, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701 ($10.00 plus shipping and handling).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Geological Inst., Alexandria, VA.