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Title: Environmental studies: discipline or metadiscipline

Abstract

Environmental studies do not comprise a discipline in the conventional sense. Instead, the term environmental studies identifies a focus of many disciplines upon an integrating concept, the interactions of humankind with its environment. But environmental studies are more than a multidisciplinary collage under a common rubric. The elements of environmental understanding are drawn from many disciplines, but to obtain that understanding the interrelationships among relevant disciplinary knowledge must be synthesized into coherent and comprehensive theory. Environmental studies, to achieve their purpose, must become interdisciplinary, thus achieving a new level in the integration of knowledge. In this sense environmental studies may be appropriately described as a metadiscipline. This thesis holds implications for curricula in environmental studies, primarily that academic instruction in environmental studies will fall short of its full potential if it comprises no more than multidisciplinary course offerings. How to develop a metadisciplinary curriculum that is comprehensive, coherent, focused, and flexible is a very big challenge for environmental educators. 23 references.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Indiana Univ., Bloomington
OSTI Identifier:
7121934
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environ. Prof.; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 5:3/4
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; ENVIRONMENT; CURRICULUM GUIDES; EDUCATION; INFORMATION; 290300* - Energy Planning & Policy- Environment, Health, & Safety; 500000 - Environment, Atmospheric- (-1989); 510000 - Environment, Terrestrial- (-1989); 520000 - Environment, Aquatic- (-1989)

Citation Formats

Caldwell, L K. Environmental studies: discipline or metadiscipline. United States: N. p., 1983. Web.
Caldwell, L K. Environmental studies: discipline or metadiscipline. United States.
Caldwell, L K. Sat . "Environmental studies: discipline or metadiscipline". United States.
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abstractNote = {Environmental studies do not comprise a discipline in the conventional sense. Instead, the term environmental studies identifies a focus of many disciplines upon an integrating concept, the interactions of humankind with its environment. But environmental studies are more than a multidisciplinary collage under a common rubric. The elements of environmental understanding are drawn from many disciplines, but to obtain that understanding the interrelationships among relevant disciplinary knowledge must be synthesized into coherent and comprehensive theory. Environmental studies, to achieve their purpose, must become interdisciplinary, thus achieving a new level in the integration of knowledge. In this sense environmental studies may be appropriately described as a metadiscipline. This thesis holds implications for curricula in environmental studies, primarily that academic instruction in environmental studies will fall short of its full potential if it comprises no more than multidisciplinary course offerings. How to develop a metadisciplinary curriculum that is comprehensive, coherent, focused, and flexible is a very big challenge for environmental educators. 23 references.},
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