ERIC Number: EJ822737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 2
Preparing a New Generation of Citizens and Scientists to Face Earth's Future
Bralower, Timothy J.; Feiss, P. Geoffrey; Manduca, Cathryn A.
Liberal Education, v94 n2 p20-23 Spr 2008
As the research interests and the focus of traditional earth scientists are transformed, so too must education in earth system science at colleges and universities across the country change. The required change involves not only the methods used to teach this new science, but also the essential place of the earth sciences in the panoply of disciplines as traditionally ordered by academic colleagues. With growing public and political awareness of the significant environmental problems facing the earth in the coming decades, and the realization that issues such as global warming require action on the part of individuals as well as governments, earth system science must establish its place in college curricula to ensure that a new generation of citizens and scientists is prepared to meet future challenges. In this article, the authors posit that strong research in earth system science and equally strong investments in both teaching the earth sciences and training a new generation of earth system scientists are not optional but essential.
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Environmental Education, Politics of Education, Climate, Scientists, Earth Science, Intellectual Disciplines, Needs Assessment, Futures (of Society)
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