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ERIC Number: ED343752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Out With the Curriculum! Widening the Learning Environment.
Vars, Gordon F.; Vars, Alice McVetty
TAMS Journal, v14 n2 p38-45 Sum 1990
This paper describes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental education for students in grades 6 through 9. This approach emphasizes the importance of students' understanding of nature through hands-on experience in out-door settings and the verbal or artistic expression of their experiences. The first principle of effective environmental education is an integrated curriculum and the active involvement of students, parents and community members. For maximum benefit, the overall direction and planning of the environmental education experience should be in the hands of the teachers most familiar to the students. The second principle is that environmental education should take place in intact groups (same classroom or team groups in school). Such groups are conducive for improving social skills and realizing the full benefits of curriclum integration. Students should be housed with students and staff they already know well, only moving out occasionally for carefully planned experiences with students from other groups. In addition, individual and group times set aside for "processing" one's experience is an essential component. The third principle consists of preparing for and expecting peak life experiences as a result of insight gained by the student. Allowing students to express their emotions is an important aspect of the environmental education experience, which is lacking in a normal classroom environment. (LP)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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