This chapter begins by suggesting three ways in which a deeper understanding of ecosystems could enrich students’ lives and support their participation as informed citizens in society. The three ways are by: developing a deeper appreciation of the natural world, appreciating how our lives and well-being depend on ecosystem services, and recognizing how disturbances affect the functioning of ecosystems. The rewards of this kind of understanding are great, but its achievement is a significant intellectual accomplishment. In this chapter, we have tried to introduce some of the steps in students’ journey toward that accomplishment and some of the ways that educators can help them in that journey. A list of materials, teacher background information, assessment, standards, safety, and references are provided. This book selection also includes the Table of Contents, Foreword, Acknowledgments, About the Editors, Contributors, Appendix, Image credits, and Index.
Type Book ChapterPub Date 10/31/2016Pages 44Stock # PB402X_7