Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages

Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person: • understands the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the ocean; • can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and • is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. This definition, the Essential Principles, and supporting Fundamental Concepts were developed through a community-wide consensus-building process. This effort built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments. The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts outlined in this guide (inside) represent content that does not always fall neatly within particular disciplines. As a result, many Fundamental Concepts illustrate more than one Essential Principle. For example, Essential Principle 4 lists only three Fundamental Concepts; however, several others could be listed as well. This demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of ocean sciences. Educators can use these Fundamental Concepts to fulfill and go beyond the Next Generation Science Standards. They provide coordination, consistency, and coherence for ocean sciences education and are transforming the vision of ocean literacy into reality

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Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person: • understands the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the ocean; • can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and • is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. This definition, the Essential Principles, and supporting Fundamental Concepts were developed through a community-wide consensus-building process. This effort built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments. The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts outlined in this guide (inside) represent content that does not always fall neatly within particular disciplines. As a result, many Fundamental Concepts illustrate more than one Essential Principle. For example, Essential Principle 4 lists only three Fundamental Concepts; however, several others could be listed as well. This demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of ocean sciences. Educators can use these Fundamental Concepts to fulfill and go beyond the Next Generation Science Standards. They provide coordination, consistency, and coherence for ocean sciences education and are transforming the vision of ocean literacy into reality

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Keyword Ocean Literacy, Oceans
Date Of Record Creation 2019-01-26 19:50:21
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Date Last Modified 8/25/2016 15:38
Language English
Date Record Checked: 8/25/2016 15:35 (W3C-DTF)

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