INVESTIGATING AND SUPPORTING ENERGY EDUCATION AS A COMPONENT OF CLIMATE EDUCATION
The recently-released Next Generation Science Standards emphasize instruction on energy and energy choices with respect to climate change.
Different studies have looked at the knowledge of students and citizens with respect to energy and energy awareness. Both groups show a low proficiency with the subject matter. This raises the question about the instruction, teaching practices, and teacher preparation with regards to energy education.
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN, cleanet.org) strives to support teaching of climate and energy topics. In order to understand teacher needs and practices better, the project has completed a national, multi-year study focused on climate and energy instruction among teachers in grades 6-16.
In this presentation we will share the longitudinal results of this 3-year study with respect to energy and solutions to climate change. Our data gives interesting insight into the teaching practices and needs of educators of grades six through sixteen with respect to energy. We will also demonstrate the various avenues through which the CLEAN portal can help educators improve their teaching about energy, build on their own energy literacy, find support in determining why and how to effectively integrate the energy principles into their teaching, and facilitate their successful use of new teaching approaches with their students.