Development of an Innovative Method for Analyzing the Presence of Environmental Sustainability Themes and an Ecological Paradigm in Science Content Standards
environmental sustainability, standards, ecological paradigm, curriculum
Studies in Educational Evaluation
An iterative process for developing a method for analyzing Florida's K-12 Next Generation Sunshine State Standards science content was described. For this study, the researchers developed an innovative approach for analyzing the presence of environmental sustainability themes and an ecological paradigm within science content standards. The findings illustrate that detecting ecological thinking within the content standards is a complex and unwieldy process, even when the coders are experts in the content area. Despite this limitation, our expert coders rated the standards document with an overall agreement of 81%. Future research was discussed in terms of how our method could be used to further stakeholders’ understanding about how and to what extent ecological thinking is covered within science content standards.
Tenam-Zemach, Michelle; Kirchgessner, Mandy; Pecore, John; Lai, Leanne; and Hecht, Steven A., "Development of an Innovative Method for Analyzing the Presence of Environmental Sustainability Themes and an Ecological Paradigm in Science Content Standards" (2014). Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles. 320.