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ERIC Number: EJ758657
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
The Need for Ocean Literacy in the Classroom: Part I
Schoedinger, Sarah; Cava, Francesca; Jewell, Beth
Science Teacher, v73 n6 p44-47 Sep 2006
Unfortunately, the United States educational system does not adequately include the concepts necessary for students, and thus the public at large, to develop a coherent understanding of the importance of the ocean to our daily lives. Society is largely ocean illiterate and a basic understanding of the key concepts needed for sound decision making on matters related to sustainability and the health of humankind is lacking. The need for ocean literacy has been recognized by at least two pivotal national commissions, which call for the inclusion of ocean concepts and topics in K-12 curricula and encourage teaching and learning about the ocean by students of all ages. Fortunately, the problem of ocean illiteracy has been recognized at national, regional, and local levels. At present, a network of approximately 100 members of the ocean sciences and education communities are working together to make understanding the ocean part of the formal K-12 curriculum. The emergent consensus among the members of the group has resulted in a definition of ocean literacy that is supported by seven essential principles and forty-four fundamental concepts to be taught in school. This article defines ocean literacy and aligns the ocean literacy concepts to the Standards. (Contains 1 figure.) [For Part II see EJ758658.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States