ERIC Number: ED354162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Environmental Education in the United States.
Levermann, Thomas W.
This paper, written by an official in the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, describes that status of Environmental Education (EE) in the United States. An introduction presents some background considerations and philosophies in EE. The second section presents emerging trends in science education. Some of these trends are in part drawn from the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) "Scope, Sequence, and Coordination of Secondary School Science" effort-called the CORE Content. Those applicable to EE are enumerated and discussed. The NSTA model has four goal clusters which are humanistic in their philosophy: personal needs, societal needs, academic population, and career educators/awareness. The last section provides a brief review of some EE efforts in the United States. The paper suggests that the following should be among these shared goals: (1) stressing environmental and human interrelationships; (2) infusing the environment into all academic topics; (3) making sure that EE programs are educational and objective; (4) teaching about all natural resources equally; (5) reorienting teacher training to include how to infuse EE into all topics; (6) making teachers aware of the availability of resources; and (7) articulating clearly the results of EE. (Contains 9 references.) (MCO)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Soil Conservation Service (USDA), Washington, DC.