ERIC Number: ED372014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Environs: Living in Natural and Social Worlds.
Peters, Richard Oakes
In order to live and prosper in both natural and social environments, humans need to understand their origins, composition, characteristics, and life-sustaining processes. Education is a way to increase understanding of those worlds. The introduction discusses the common existence and interdependence of man and nature. Chapter 1 describes the development of a social ethic by the individual that dictates thoughts and actions. The lower elementary grades are the place to begin nurturing a personal code of conduct. Students can study issues, ponder alternatives, design strategies, implement solutions, and make critical decisions regarding problems that effect humans and nature. Chapter 2 focuses on education with multi-grade (K-12) programs on natural and social environmental awareness. A proactive action model illustrates an approach to inquiry. A discussion of programs and teaching approaches precedes a critique of three curriculum designs and management styles. Chapter 3 looks at utilizing natural and social surroundings for K-12 students to provide for experiential-based learning and skill development. Chapter 4 highlights several instructional strategies, learning experiences, sample concepts, activities, and resources for students in K-12. Chapter 5 explores the common experiences in elementary and secondary level preservice training that is required, the different specializations that are needed, and implications for teacher education. A reflection on teaching students to be proactive related to the natural and social environments precedes biographical information on the author. (CK)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Decision Making, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Influences, Instructional Development, Learning Activities, Natural Resources, Problem Solving, Skill Development, Social Development, Social Environment, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.
Note: Text excerpts presented at the Annual Our Common Home Earth Conference (1st, Corpus Christi, TX, 1993).