Abstract 14- Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007



Energy Efficiency in the 21st Century

Glenda Ogletree
Dennis W. Sunal
Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
Keith Woodbury

The University of Alabama


In today’s world, citizens must use scientific information to make choices and knowledgeable decisions in many aspects of civic affairs involving their everyday lives. Issues related to energy resources are important to everyone, because energy use and misuse affects people’s lives. Citizens must be scientifically literate, informed, and active participants in their society in order to create fair and equitable energy policies for the present and the future. To begin to establish these policies in a society that is educated and concerned about energy, it is important that teachers link social studies and science issues about energy production and consumption. Social studies and science often are interwoven in education because many social issues relate to science topics.

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About the Author(s)…

Glenda Ogletree is a Graduate Research Assistant in Science Education. Contact information: bobbin86@aol.com, The University of Alabama.

Dennis W. Sunal
is Professor of Science Education. His work focuses on how students reconstruct their scientific conceptions and use them to solve real-world problems. Contact information: dwsunal@bama.ua.edu, The University of Alabama.

Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
is Professor of Social Studies Education. Her research and publications have had a focus on the intersection of social issues and the sciences. Contact information: cvsunal@bamaed.ua.edu

Keith Woodbury is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He works with energy systems, their design, and how they are powered. Contact information: woodbury@me.ua.edu, the University of Alabama