ERIC Number: ED421332
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Environmental Education to Wisconsin Teachers: A Review of University Course Materials.
Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report, v10 n7 Nov 1997
This report contains a study done at the request of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, which studies public policy issues affecting the state of Wisconsin. The purpose of this study was to examine the content of environmental education (EE) materials used in courses required for teacher certification in Wisconsin to see if the knowledge and skills needed to deliver balanced, unbiased environmental education are provided. This report examines the course materials used in required EE courses taught at eight of the University of Wisconsin System campuses that have specified EE courses that meet the Wisconsin requirements for certification. Course syllabi, textbooks, and required readings and materials were reviewed using guidelines developed by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Specifically, NAAEE's Guidelines for Excellence are cited as calling for fairness and accuracy. It is noted that the Guidelines caution instructors to compensate for biased material by using other materials that provide a different or more complete perspective. Findings indicate that most of the materials reviewed do not meet the Guidelines for fairness and accuracy. Many of the materials provide a strong dose of advocacy under the guise of environmental science as to lifestyle changes and political action. The science portions are selective with authors using those scientific findings that support their larger worldview. Although these materials claim to be multidisciplinary with the inclusion of economics, a balanced and fair treatment of economic reasoning is largely nonexistent. It is recommended that textbooks that place advocacy of an ideological view above teaching balanced science and economics should not be used or at least be balanced with alternative views. (PVD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Public Policy, Madison.
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin