ERIC Number: ED374049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jun
Understanding Environmental Rift: An Eco/Social Studies Approach.
Because man and nature are inextricable entities sharing the common lifespace of earth, there is an urgent need to create cooperative living habitats on a global scale. Cooperative living habitats (CLHs) are settings in which man and nature coexist and prosper. In order to create and maintain CLHs, human beings must be nature sensitive and culture literate. Each one must: (1) be aware of the natural and social worlds around us; (2) be informed about past and present conflicts, issues, problems, and situations related to natural and social environments; (3) have empathy for the plight of nature and diverse human groups, locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally; (4) understand the character of diverse natural environments and human groups that are both nearby and distant; (5) have developed attitudes and behaviors as well as opinions about ecological and cultural issues in contemporary life; (6) be committed to proactive actions; (7) perceive relationships between humans and nature; (8) perceive relationships among human groups; and (9) recognize the differences and similarities among the traits of diverse human groups. This document suggests learning activities and goals for teaching the concepts of pollution, land use, and melting pot. Contains 22 references. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Social Studies
Global Horizons: The Center for Applied Eco/Social Studies, 6829 Roseland Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78414.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Corpus Christi, TX.