Over the last several years, a number of efforts have been undertaken to define key aspects of the geosciences in terms of the big ideas that need to be grasped by students, the public, and policy makers. This work has led to the development of literacy documents which summarize the most important principles and concepts across different parts of the geosciences. Originally envisioned as a way of helping educators implement the National Science Education Standards, the literacies have also proven to be valuable to other individuals and communities which need to understand science that affects their lives.
Each literacy document is the product of a wide-ranging collaboration between federal agency scientists, formal and informal educators, interested individuals and representatives from non-governmental organizations and other institutions which included extensive review and comment periods. The literacies have been reviewed by leading scientists in each discipline and feedback was sought from geoscience and geoscience education professional societies as well.
Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Atmospheric Science
The Essential Principles of Climate Science
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)
CLEAN Educational Resources, sortable by climate literacy principles
Teaching Climate Literacy from CLEAN
Climate Literacy Network
Climate, Adaptation, Mitigation, and E-Learning (CAMEL)
The Big Ideas and Supporting Concepts of Earth Science
Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education
Teaching Energy Literacy from CLEAN
CLEAN Educational Resources, sortable by energy literacy principles
Cutting Edge: Teaching About Energy in Geoscience Courses
The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences