ERIC Number: ED340615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Environment, Schools and Active Learning.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.
In response to the rapidly emerging environmental imperative that environmental awareness needs to be taught in the schools, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through its Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) developed a project oriented toward grass-roots improvements by schools within environmental education initiatives. Based on the recognition that schools can provide a framework in which to gain experience in investigating, reflecting, and acting upon environmental issues, it was agreed that the participating OECD countries--Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland--should identify those schools that were already developing the most innovative ways of teaching and learning about environmental issues ranging across a spectrum of scientific, economic, and cultural points of view. This report summarizes and gives examples of both the work carried out in these schools, as well as the main pedagogical and strategic issues that provided the basis for this CERI project. Part I, Towards Environmental Awareness, deals with the basic pedagogical premises and provides an in-depth analysis of how these premises have emerged within the work of the selected school programs. Part II, Case Studies, is a series of descriptions and accounts of the 11 schools selected by each of the cooperating countries. Part III, Perspectives, considers environmental and school initiatives from four different perspectives, namely: educational, environmental, industrial, and governmental. An overview of the participating schools is also provided for easy reference and contact information. (JJK)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, Learning Strategies, Program Descriptions, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris (France). Centre for Educational Research and Innovation.