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Praxis Environmental Education: Agriculture and the Green Revolution
Use the lessons in this chapter to help you review the facts about the various ways human beings use land for food production and water resources and how these uses impact the environment. You'll learn about the so-called Green Revolution and go over other related topics to prepare you for the Praxis environmental education exam. The videos in this chapter cover topics including:
- The agricultural revolution: impacts on the environment
- What is the Green Revolution? - Definition, benefits, and issues
- Feeding a growing population (changing eating habits, food and water distribution difficulties)
- Land limitations and improved farming techniques
- Industrial vs. traditional food production methods
- Biotechnology and genetically modified organisms
- Use of pesticides: benefits and problems associated with pesticides
- Alternative pest control methods for agricultural use
- Water resource issues: activities affecting the water supply
- Aquifer depletion and overdrawing of surface waters: effects on water resources
Instructors in these video lessons will help you see how the interactions between agriculture, water resource use, and the environment apply to environmental education. You'll feel prepared to take the Praxis exam in your subject after going over the most important vocabulary terms and concepts by watching engaging videos that use everyday language and examples you can relate to.
Objectives of the Praxis: Environmental Education
The Praxis environmental education exam tests your environmental education-specific knowledge and your general teaching skills. Your score will help determine your readiness for K-12 teacher licensing or certification, as required by your state, and/or for professional organizations that require it.
Agriculture questions appear on the 'Humans and the Environment' and 'Environmental Laws, Regulations, and Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Environmental Decisions and Ecosystems' portions of the exam. The 'Humans and the Environment' section requires you to answer about 32 questions, or approximately 25% of the test. The 'Environmental Laws, Regulations, and Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Environmental Decisions and Ecosystems' portion requires you to answer about 15 questions, or about 12% of the total.
The Praxis Environmental Education test requires you to answer a total of 130 multiple-choice questions. The self-assessment quizzes included with every lesson in the Agriculture and the Green Revolution chapter can help you prepare to answer the kinds of questions found on the Praxis exam.
1. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment
From the 17th to 19th centuries, Great Britain experienced the Agricultural Revolution, a period of great progress in agricultural processes and production. Explore the Agricultural Revolution, its inventions, and impacts on the environment. Recognize both the positive and negative outcomes of the revolution.
2. What Is the Green Revolution? - Definition, Benefits, and Issues
The Green Revolution is the period when agricultural productivity skyrocketed due to new technologies being introduced. Learn the definition of different concepts related to the Green Revolution and the benefits and issues brought by the revolution.
3. Use of Pesticides: Benefits and Problems Associated with Pesticides
Every year, farmers across America use pesticides to manage the population of pests that are responsible for the destruction of approximately 37% of all crops in the United States. Learn about common uses, benefits, and problems associated with pesticide use in the U.S.
4. Alternative Pest Control Methods for Agricultural Use
Alternative pest control methods for agriculture can reduce pesticide use. Explore alternative pest control methods such as biological control, natural chemical control, genetic control, and integrated pest management in this lesson.
5. Water Resource Issues: Activities Affecting the Water Supply
Surface water and groundwater (also known as aquifers) are the two sources where water is found. Learn how the loss of surface and groundwater negatively affects the water supply and how irrigation leads to the soil being salinized.
6. Aquifer Depletion and Overdrawing of Surface Waters: Effects on Water Resources
Overdrawing our aquifers and surface waters can have catastrophic environmental and economic effects. Learn about overdrawing's effects on water resources, and explore how the Ogallala Aquifer is shrinking and why the Colorado River is running dry.
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- Praxis Environmental Education: Physical Aspects of Water Systems
- Praxis Environmental Education: Defining Characteristics of Life
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- Praxis Environmental Education: Atmospheric Layers & Composition
- Praxis Environmental Education: Climate Variations & Weather Patterns
- Praxis Environmental Education: Soil, Rocks & Plate Tectonics
- Praxis Environmental Education: Basic Principles of Chemistry
- Praxis Environmental Education: Earth's Resources & Energy Sources
- Praxis Environmental Education: Humans & Catastrophic Events
- Praxis Environmental Education: Pollution
- Praxis Environmental Education: Impact of Disposal Methods
- Praxis Environmental Education: Environmental Health Issues
- Praxis Environmental Education: Ecosystem Services
- Praxis Environmental Education: Urban Development & Transportation Systems
- Praxis Environmental Education: Drilling & Mining
- Praxis Environmental Education: Preservation, Mitigation & Restoration of Habitats
- Praxis Environmental Education: Environmental Laws & Regulations
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- Praxis Environmental Education Flashcards