Date of Award

5-16-2009

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Dale Willman

Second Reader

J. Baird Callicott

Abstract

We are currently faced with compelling scientific evidence that humans are impacting the earth in many negative manners at rates previously unheard of. In an effort to understand the cultural origin of this degradation and find hope in a bleak situation, the prominent worldview of the citizens of the United States is examined as well as worldviews that might better serve both humanity and the planet. The ultimate goal is to help high school students understand and develop their own worldview; to this end a possible unit plan based on current pedagogy is presented with s ample lesson plans.

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