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A professor of science education at Florida State University shares his experiences with the growth of the field of environmental education and the problems inherent in trying to teach formal environmental education outdoors. Although field experience is best, it must be limited in most situations since logistics get in the way. Technology can help. Computers have the advantage of allowing for nonlinear programs that allow students to learn in all directions. This idea became the basis of the design of all curriculum materials prepared by this professor since then and reflects how people work outside of a formal classroom setting. The current focus is a multimedia program known as ScienceVision. One of the titles in the program--EcoVentures--is detailed in this paper. The problem that EcoVentures addresses is that there is increasing pressure on environmental resources in Florida, owing greatly to the 800 plus new citizens gained each day. EcoVentures creates a fictitious state park. The lower secondary students for which this program is intended pretend to be interns working with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to develop a management plan for the new R.U. Green Park. This paper demonstrates all the major components of the program and presents a typical path followed by a student using the program. (PVD)

Descriptors: Conservation Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Field Studies, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Interactive Video, Learner Controlled Instruction, Learning Laboratories, Learning Strategies, Multimedia Materials, Science History

Autor: Dawson, George


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