ERIC Number: ED416068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
K-12 Energy Education Program: A Conceptual Guide To K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Univ., Stevens Point. Energy Center of Wisconsin.
In addition to presenting concepts that can help students understand and make decisions about energy issues, this guide provides guidance for teachers to incorporate energy education into their curricula. The guide is divided into two major sections: (1) the Energy Education Conceptual Framework and (2) the Suggested Scope and Sequence. The conceptual framework is not a curriculum in itself; rather, it is a skeleton that provides the foundation for a curriculum. The concepts were derived from energy-related frameworks designed by other educational organizations and taken from physical and environmental science texts. Additional concepts were developed to reflect issues specific to Wisconsin. Concepts within the framework are organized under four themes that are arranged to build upon each other. Concepts within each theme are further organized into subthemes. Major themes include: (1) We Need Energy, which defines energy and describes how energy is transferred and converted from one form to another according to the laws of thermodynamics; (2) Developing Energy Resources, which addresses energy sources and how humans use energy to meet societal wants and needs through technology; (3) Effects of Energy Resource Development, which covers how using energy resources affects human societies and the environment; and (4) Managing Energy Resource Use, which identifies strategies to help resolve many of the issues presented in the third theme. The section on Scope and Sequence provides guidelines for when and to what extent the energy concepts could be integrated into school curricula. This guide also contains a concept map, glossary, a 13-item resources and references list, and an appendix of educational objectives. (PVD)
Descriptors: Conservation Education, Curriculum Development, Ecology, Elementary Secondary Education, Energy Management, Environmental Education, Fuels, Futures (of Society), Natural Resources, Physics, Science Education, Technology Education
Energy Center of Wisconsin, 595 Science Drive, Madison, WI 53711-1060.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Stevens Point. Energy Center of Wisconsin.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin