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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: ENVS 372
Course Title: *Environmental Education
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of  current trends and methods of instruction in environmental education. Prior philosophy will be used to interpret current issues in environmental education. Cross-listed as EDUC 372. Prerequisite: EDUC 300.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): EDUC 300.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Occasional offering.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Education for Sustainability
By Huckle, J. & Sterling, S (Earthscan Publications Ltd.)
Course Objectives

• To analyze philosophical precedents in environmental education. MoSTEP 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5. • To examine national and state educational standards for social studies, science, and disciplines related to environmental education. MoSTEP 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3. • To access research based strategies that are optimum for instructing and evaluating topics in environmental education. MoSTEP 3.2, 3.3., 3.4, 5.1, 5.2, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 11.1, 11.2.

Measurable Learning

• Select and critique current professional articles related to management of air and water quality, soil and vegetation, animals and the biosphere, human population, and energy. • Examine and debate decisions made at the local, state, and national levels that impact the environment. • Analyze past and current trends in the use of natural resources. • Present potential political and scientific solutions to environmental issues. • Using the national and state standards and benchmarks, design formative and summative assessments for specific topics in environmental education. • Construct a continuum of multifaceted lessons addressing at least three essential topics in this content.

Topical Outline:
  • Major philosophies and theories in environmental education
  • Curriculum design, using nation land state science, social studies, and other related standards
  • Planning and implementing assessments, instructional methods, and evaluation tools
  • Resources for environmental education
  • Historical and current trends and issues

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Date: October 31, 2005
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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