Introduction: The Environmental Context by: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Environmental Literacy Council (ELC)

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The argument for teaching science in the environmental context is based on the reality of the science-environment relationship and on the potential that contextual teaching has for contributing to valuable student learning. At the same time, it must be recognized that such teaching involves dealing with controversial issues. These matters are discussed briefly here as background for consideration of the five science/environment modules that are included in this series: Biodiversity; Global Climate Change; Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Tsunamis; Genetically Modified Crops; and Radioactive Waste. This free selection also contains the Table of Contents, Preface, an About the Authors page, and the Index.

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  • on Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:29 PM

This selection is made up of the preface and the introduction to this book on how to teach environmental issues. The introduction focuses on environmental issues but in the process describes a justification and a process for teaching ANY issues in the science classroom in an impartial way that allows students to see the complexity of the scientific process and to create their own opinions based on evidence from all KNOWN sides, pointing out that we never know all the potential consequences of an action. Excellent reading for all science teachers but especially those working on introducing students to how science and society interact at the secondary or undergraduate levels.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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