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ERIC Number: ED438201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 199
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-89291-237-5
Think Locally, Act Globally! Linking Local and Global Communities through Democracy and Environment. Hands-On! Developing Active Learning Modules on the Human Dimensions of Global Change.
Dowler, Lorraine
Designed so that it can be adapted to a wide range of student abilities and institutional settings, this learning module on the human dimensions of global change seeks to: actively engage students in problem solving, challenge them to think critically, invite them to participate in the process of scientific inquiry, and involve them in cooperative learning. The module includes more student activities and suggested readings than most instructors will have time to cover in their courses. Instructors will need to select those readings and activities best suited to the local teaching conditions. At the heart of the module are two basic geographic themes: scale and human relations with other people and their environments. In the module, students examine the concept of community, beginning with the one in which they live. The module helps them to look at the democratic values that are the ideal foundation of community in U.S. society. It explores linkages between the local community and communities at larger scales. In the module, students: investigate how these linkages affect their daily lives; assess the concept of "global citizenship"; encounter the forces that shape the world; and finally, explore the world as an interdependent partnership where all partners are vulnerable to environmental degradation and the deterioration of social conditions. For the instructor, the module begins with a brief summary of general module objectives; skills emphasized; student activities included (reading critically, writing essays, interpreting documents and maps, making sense of statistical information, confronting values, and weighing costs and benefits); material requirements; concepts focused on; and time requirements and difficulty level. Appendices include a 60 item annotated bibliography and reprints of three related articles, each of which has its own references. (BT)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC.