Environmental Science in the Primary Curriculum

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SAGE, Jun 28, 1990 - 88 pages
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The importance of helping children to understand the environment is now widely recognized and is well represented in The National Curriculum for Science. But what kind of environmental education' is appropriate at the primary level?

The authors address this central question throughout this book. Science activities relating to the children's school environment are described and explained. The interaction or encounter' of children with the environment is the pervading theme. In these encounters' children are encouraged to find answers to their questions through scientific investigation of the objects, events or particular part of the environment being studied, either in the field or in the classroom.

 

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Contents

SETTING UP THE ENCOUNTER
19
ASSESSING THE ENCOUNTER
49
GIVING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE A PLACE
58
EVALUATING THE ENCOUNTER
67
References
73
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Page ii - ICMI series, is the result of a cooperation between the Committee on the Teaching of Science of the International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU-CTS) and the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI).
Page vii - Pupils should develop knowledge and understanding of the ways in which human activities affect the Earth.
Page vii - Strategy of the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and National Resources and the World Wildlife Fund (1980).

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Wynne Harlen has spent a lifetime as a teacher, researcher, and author in science education. Until recently, she was Director of the Scottish Council for Research in Education and before that was Professor of Science Education and Head of the Education Department at the University of Liverpool. In 1991, she was honored by the Queen for her services to education. Harlen is now Visiting Professor at the University of Bristol, editor of Primary Science Review, and a consultant to various science projects in the United States and United Kingdom.

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