ERIC Number: ED363559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
Humans, Nature, Places, and Things: An ECO/SOCIAL Studies View of the World.
This document contains information and instruction for teachers who want to include an ECO/SOCIAL Studies approach in their teaching of social studies. ECO/SOCIAL Studies is defined as an instructional/investigative strategy that focuses and individual's attention on the continuous inter-relationships and interdependence between natural and social or manmade environments and related phenomena within the context of several overlapping lifespace environments or settings. Acting as researching social scientists, students are directly involved in data collection and analysis activities that are both school and field based. Students involved in ECO/SOCIAL Studies activities and projects act in a proactive manner to resolve perceived conflicts that affect natural and social environments, to clarify issues affecting humans and nature, to solve problems affecting the human condition and the quality of natural environments, and to better understand situations which have an impact upon the quality of lifespace environments. Two matrix boards are illustrated. One deals with humans, the other with nature. The board for cross cultural schema includes traits to be explored: social roles and status; religion; government; family units; education; division of labor; the arts; tools and weapons; technology; dress, shelter, and food; lifestyles; folkways, mores, and values; and economic system or standard of living. The natural environments schema includes physical characteristics of climate, fauna, flora, human habitation, natural resources, season, topography, water supply, and altitude. Social studies teachers must work with the local community to insure that resources become an integral part of the curriculum. (DK)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction, Global Approach, Human Geography, Instructional Materials, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
Global Horizons: The Center for Applied ECO/SOCIAL Studies, 6829 Roseland Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78414.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Corpus Christi, TX.