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The sciences, social studies and technologies : reinterpreting environmental studies

Collins, R. and Simpson, Frances (2008) The sciences, social studies and technologies : reinterpreting environmental studies. In: Scottish Education. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 349-353. ISBN 9780748625932

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The last four decades have seen the birth and demise of the term 'Environmental Studies' in Scottish education. It has been used to group together a number of subjects that are' grounded in the child's observation and investigation of his surroundings' (SED, 1965, p. 126). In its forty-year lifespan, it has appeared in a number of forms; but, with the rise in importance of Environmental Education pertaining to environmental issues such as global warming, it is perhaps timely that the term is being dropped. The current reworking of the entire Scottish curriculum under Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) has resulted in the establishment of Sciences, Social Studies and Technologies as discrete curricular identities, under the governance of the reinvigorated principle of wider inter-disciplinary study.