Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 2, Number 2, Summer 2007
Energy Efficiency in the 21st Century
Dennis W. Sunal
Cynthia Szymanski Sunal
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.
About the Author(s)…
Glenda Ogletree is a Graduate Research Assistant in Science Education. Contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith Woodbury is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He works with energy systems, their design, and how they are powered. Contact information: email@example.com, the University of Alabama