ERIC Number: EJ784382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 18
Back to the Future?
McComas, William F.
Science Teacher, v75 n2 p24-28 Feb 2008
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, nature-study was the most widespread orientation to science instruction in the nation's schools. During the four or so decades of its existence, nature-study evolved to become both a common body of knowledge and a philosophical orientation to instruction. To some here at the dawn of the 21st century, the study of nature may seem antiquated, but nature-study, with its integrated content and surprisingly modern and synthetic method of teaching, should be recognized by teachers as a useful reference for instruction. In this article, the author discusses the instructional aspects and roots of nature study. A list of tips for using nature-study as an approach to science teaching is presented. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Educational History, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences
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