ERIC Number: ED355167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
Antarctica: Teaching and Learning about. A Teacher's Guide.
Kiernan, Jan; Brewer, Warren
In 1980 the members of the Pacific Circle Consortium (Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Japan, and Canada) considered a proposal from the Tasmanian Education Department for a project to develop a curriculum framework and teaching materials about the Antarctic. The outcome was the Antarctic Project conducted jointly by Australia and New Zealand with participation from Tasmania and the Curriculum Development Center of Canberra, Australia. This document provides background on the Antarctic Project and development of the materials, explaining the Project's "resource-led" approach and its conceptual base. A resource-led approach implies that the materials are not a course of study, but are designed to be capable of incorporation into classroom situations and to stimulate students interest and awareness of the Antarctic. Among the concepts that occur throughout the materials are challenge, survival, and dependence. The materials developed under the Antarctic Project are discussed in detail and include both teacher materials such as "Antarctica: Discovery & Exploration" and student materials such as "The Adventures of Salik the Husky." Practical suggestions for classroom approaches to teaching about the Antarctic are given including sections on preparatory learning and examples of three approaches: a cross-curricular approach for younger learners, a 2- to 4-week modular approach for middle grades, and an approach for secondary students involving teaching the materials within a social sciences curriculum or as a unified short course. A copy of the Antarctic Treaty, a bibliography and resource list, including films and other visuals, and a simple outline map of Antarctica that can be reproduced for classroom use also are included. Numerous photographs illustrate the text. (DB)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Learning Activities, Resource Materials, Social Studies, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods
Marketing Officer, Curriculum Services, Department of Education and the Arts, 71 Letitia Street, North Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7000.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Curriculum Development Centre, Canberra (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Antarctica