ERIC Number: ED214764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
"Back to the Basics" Through Environmental Education.
Environmental education is proposed as a viable means of improving the educational system. The rationale for teaching environmental education is based in part upon White's principles of education for Seventh-day Adventists and upon Noel McInnis's views of what makes education environmental. An overview of environmental education characterizes it in several ways: pertains to natural and human environments, teaches problem solving and decision making skills, uses interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches and, focuses on original sources (environments) instead of secondary sources (print materials). A discussion of problems related to the changing world and technology leads to the identification and explanation of seven reasons why education in general is failing, which in turn impacts on environmental education. These include: (1) too little appreciation of the parents' role in the educative process; (2) too little appreciation of early childhood education; (3) inadequate methods of developing the basic skills; (4) inadequate methods of providing for individual differences in children; (5) lack of sufficient cooperation between parents and teachers; (6) separating the process of preparation and achievement, and (7) psychological misunderstanding of children's wants (needs). Finally, specific suggestions for conducting environmental education are presented. (DC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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