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ERIC Number: EJ1062172
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Emerging Issues Commentary: Teaching Our K-1 Students and Ourselves about Sustainable Development as We Raise Questions to Develop a Nuanced Understanding
Molitor, Jessica; Ryall, Mickey; Kelter, Paul
Science Educator, v22 n1 p48-62 Sum 2013
"Sustainable" development refers to development that meets our needs, while making it possible for future generations to meet their needs. Societal and personal choices will dictate if sustainable development will be possible, or, rather, if the environmental, economic and social impact of our continual lifestyle demands will lead to irreversible strain on our world, with consequences that may make human and other life unsustainable. Recent infl uential science standards, including the Next Generation Science Standards, recognize the need for our students to understand these ideas, and our work with kindergarten and 1st-grade students has shown that such understanding is possible. We present background about sustainable development along with a three-day unit and activities, learning assessment measures, and evaluation results. We also discuss the questions that teachers must consider to have a nuanced view of sustainable development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois