ERIC Number: ED360149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Energy, Economics, and the Environment: Case Studies and Teaching Activities for Middle School.
Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.
Educators are faced with the task of teaching students to be responsible stewards of the world's natural resources. This curriculum focuses on three interrelated topics in this area: energy, economics, and the environment. The goal of this book is to: (1) teach students basic knowledge and concepts about energy, the environment, and economics; (2) teach students effective decision-making skills; and (3) to engage students in meaningful learning activities. The book is divided into five sections. The first section provides a general economic framework for analyzing environmental and energy issues. The framework is composed of three components: the relationships between production, energy and the environment; economic considerations; and methods such as regulations, taxes, subsidies, and incentives that counteract negative external forces influencing the environment. The next four sections present case studies and learning activities to attain the educational goals of the curriculum. The units investigate: solid waste using a case study of the school cafeteria; air pollution using a case study of burning leaves; energy using a case study of power plants; and natural resources stewardship using a case study about drought conditions in California. A list of 49 additional energy, economics, and environmental resources is provided. (MDH)
Descriptors: Air Pollution, Case Studies, Conservation (Environment), Cost Effectiveness, Ecology, Economic Factors, Economics, Energy, Energy Conservation, Environment, Environmental Education, Integrated Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Learning Activities, Middle Schools, Models, Natural Resources, Problem Solving, Solid Wastes, Waste Disposal, Water Resources
Office of School Assistance, Indiana Dept. of Education, Room 229, State House, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana State Dept. of Education, Indianapolis. Center for School Improvement and Performance.