Environmental Education in Wisconsin: What the Textbooks Teach

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Description: One of the major changes during the last several years in schools has been the the growing role of environmental education. It is very important that the issues in environmental education be presented in a way that provides scientifically and economically accurate information about various theories of, and remedies for, environmental problems. The objective of this study was to evaluate what Wisconsin students learn about the environment. Twelve schools were selected and 67 textbooks that dealt with environmental topics. Some of the topics covered included: acid rain, American Forests, Rain Forests, Energy and Natural Resources, and recycling. The main conclusion is that many textbooks do not give an accurate description of all the various positions on environmental issues as they exist today. The report covers in detail the finding on each topic mentioned above and the others not noted here.
Author/Producer: Dr. Michael Sanera/The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Inc. (WPRI)
Topic Areas Covered: Deforestation, Forest Management, Rain Forests, Reforestation
Resource Type: Article
For Grade Levels: K-12
Publication Date: 1996
Length: 49 pages
Cost: Free (PDF download)
Is It Available For Loan? No
Is Training Necessary? No
Language: English
Educational or Informational: Educational
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Geographic Location: Wisconsin, applicable to all of the U.S/.
Notes: Resource is from the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Report, June 1996, Volume 9, Number 5
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Author/Producer Contact: The Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, Inc. (WPRI)
Address: PO Box 487
Thiensville, WI 53092
Phone: (262) 241-6409
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