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The Path to Ocean Sciences Literacy: Essential Steps Along the Way

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The authors of this manuscript offer perspectives on 1) the status of ocean sciences education within the U.S. over the last two decades; 2) subsequent challenges and opportunities, ranging from the lack of funding to issues and common foci within the ocean sciences community relative to the scientific, engineering, and technological capabilities in ocean research and exploration; and 3) recommended actions and partnerships supported by an array of recent publications addressing ocean science literacy (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2004; National Oceanographic Partnership Program, 2004; U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, 2004; White House, 2004). Four high priority areas are addressed: increased ocean sciences professional development programs for educators, promotion and retention of a diverse ocean sciences workforce, provision of high-quality kindergarten through grade 16 curricula, and enhanced partnerships at all levels within the ocean sciences community. We also offer a summary of benefits that an ocean literate society can offer a nation.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2005-12-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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