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Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education

Also available in Spanish: http://energy.gov/eere/energia
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
U.S. Global Change Research Program Partner Agencies
Published: 
2014
Resource Type: 
Product
Number of Pages: 
14
Product Type: 
Abstract: 

Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education is an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning about energy. The framework identifies seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts to support each principle. The guide does not seek to identify all areas of energy understanding, but rather to focus on those that are essential for all citizens K-Gray. It presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.

Also available in Spanish: http://energy.gov/eere/energia

Benefits and Uses: 

Energy Literacy looks at energy through the lens of natural science as well as social science. Energy issues require an understanding of civics, history, economics, sociology, psychology, and politics in addition to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A comprehensive study of energy and curriculum designed using Energy Literacy should be interdisciplinary and use a systems-based approach to fully appreciate the complexities of energy issues.

The intended audience for the Energy Literacy document is anyone involved in energy education. Intended use of the document as a guide includes, but is not limited to, formal and informal energy education, standards development, curriculum design, assessment development, and educator trainings.

Educators: Find out about the Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for teaching energy through this free online webcast and presentation. The webcast and presentation highlight energy education resources including lesson plans, curriculum alignment tools and how to use the Energy Literacy Framework in your classroom today. Learn more by visiting the Education and Workforce Development website.

 

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