Working together as a global community using lichens as one of nature's economic models

Leclerc, Cecil
Department of Environmental Studies
Education and economics are two extremely powerful means of impacting society as a whole. My aim in developing this curriculum is to blend the philosophy of both, in a coordinated effort to provide a deeper understanding of the underlying basic concepts of environmental education. The method used will be that of simulating the Global Community in a school system, empowered by the common purpose of monitoring air pollution, using lichens as one of nature's powerful models of efficiency. Interdisciplinary instruction, which mirrors the real world of interconnectedness, will also offer a relatively easy way for teachers to being linking the different disciplines, around a theme. Skills such as thinking independently, working cooperatively, and making a constructive contribution to the global community, will be developed. Onerned with motivation and feelings, we will take a trip from the mind to the heart, as well as develop our capacity to think logically and critically. The product is intended to serve educators interested in a working model of both environmental education and cooperative learning skills that will integrate scientific research methodologies. Beginning with the philosophy, and the value and management scheme, will then proceed with the details for the developed curriculum, and its impact throughout the school.

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