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DOI: 10.5593/sgem2012/s23.v3008

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CURRICULA MODEL FOR MULTILAYERED EDUCATION SYSTEM: INTEGRATIVE AND DISCIPLINARY INTERACTION

R. ERNSTEINS
Wednesday 1 August 2012 by Libadmin2012

References: 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference, www.sgem.org, SGEM2012 Conference Proceedings/ ISSN 1314-2704, June 17-23, 2012, Vol. 3, 1085 - 1092 pp

ABSTRACT

The development and creative realization of academic and professional study programs
in environmental studies at Universities enriches also our environmental science theory
research experience and subsequently fosters further education innovation at schools in
Latvia, particularly new developments and experiential evaluation of as possibly
systemic and interdisciplinary environmental science subject. This could be realized
either as separate subject (at least as optional one for upper-secondary level) or as
required disciplinary content for whole or separate integration within different existing
subjects. Modern understanding of the environment as united multi-dimensional and
multi-functional system “man - environment” provides more collaboration among
mono-disciplinary specialists of different branches of science and also art from one side
and interdisciplinary researchers from other side for corresponding holistic evaluation of
environmental problem situations in their enquiry and transformation processes.
After education research done in early 90-ies there has been elaborated a model of the
interaction of integration and disciplinarization methods [2] to be applied for both -
creating systemic content of environmental science and its education applications in the
whole education multilayered system, particularly incl. schools and universities and in
their interlinking layers with other education levels [3, 4], which has been proved
especially by universities experience and still in application.

Keywords: environmental science, universities and schools, curricula model,
interaction of disciplinary and integrative approaches, on-line subject for integration