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Fruits of Creation: A look at Global Sustainability as Seen Through the Eyes of George Washington Carver

This is the full report format.

Short Description:   This book contains the biography and insights of George Washington Carver (1865-1943), the African-American Christian and scientist, on how sustainable development might occur in the developing world.
Long Description:   This 100 page book describes the life of George Washington Carver with an emphasis on this teaching and research related to environmental stewardship and sustainable agriculture. There are discussion/review questions at the end of each chapter.
Reviewed by:   John Crist, a Catholic layman from Illinois

Bibliographic & Purchasing Information
Author:   John S. Ferrell Macalaster Park Publishing
Publication date:   1995 Website for this resource:   none known
We know of 1 source for purchasing this resource.
Address Environmental Justice Resources
National Council of the Churches of Christ
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN   46515-0968  
Phone 800-762-0968   219-264-3102 Fax 219-262-0966  
Website www.nccecojustice.org/printedresources.htm E-mail    
Price $8.95  Order # EJ 5200 

Target Audience & Course Sessions
Age levels Preschool    Primary    Jr. High     Sr. High    Adult
Optimum class size No min or max size 
Normal number/length of sessions If the curriculum's normal lesson plan is followed, there will be 11 class sessions
Are suggestions included for expanding/contracting the series? None  
In the judgement of the reviewer:
 using these materials, or even just one session from them, a reasonable, coherent and self-contained class can be offered in a single session of about an hour.
 using these materials, a class can be offered that runs for at least two sessions.
Are learners expected to do homework? None  
Target audience:
 Interfaith - addressed people of many faiths
 Judeo-Christian - addressed to Jews & Christians
 Christian - addressed explicitly to Christians
 Not explicity faith-based - not much religious content

Materials provided
Materials include:
 Leader's guide
 Student book
 Discussion questions
 Class activities - arts & crafts
 Class activities - group participation 
 Video
 Reading materials
 Presentation or lecture notes
 Prayer or worship resources
 
Other materials required:none specified
Description of the Leader's Guide:No Leader Guide
Description of the Student's Book:Use book itself

Materials review & Assessment of usability
Are all necessary materials provided in an accessible format? Yes - materials are very well laid out and comprehensive  
Is the leader's guide comprehensive? No - the resources are not adequate for a basic teacher  
Are class sessions clearly outlined? No - the resources are not adequate for a basic teacher  
Will it be helpful to have a teacher with above-average expertise in the subject matter? Not Necessary to have teacher expertise  
Preparation time required by the leader:
Subjectively rated as heavy, medium or light
 

Content focus
Is this curriculum explicitly focused on environmental awareness or action? Yes, as a primary focus  
Does this curriculum deal with a specific environmental issue or problem? No specific issue was described.  
How is the scope of the environmental impact positioned?  Impact on specific human communities
 Impact on humans in general
 Impact on humans and non-human parts of creation
 Impact on non-human parts of creation only  
Does the curriculum address questions of social or economic justice in relation to environmental issues? No  
Does the curriculum provide detailed content in a particular academic area?   For example, is there significant content in biology, physics, sociology, economics, etc.?
Biblical & theological content are covered below
This book does provide content in the area of history.  
Biblical/theological content
Does the curriculum have explicit biblical or theological content? Yes, as a major emphasis  
How are the Biblical materials used? Individual texts are presented as meaningful ('proof texts')
Several texts are developed to show a larger biblical theme
Texts are placed in a historical or cultural context
Texts are presented as authoritative
Students are invited to comment/reflect on the meaning or authority of texts
Biblical texts are of equal importance to other scriptures/readings  
The checked statements reflect how ethical guidelines are grounded The Bible tells us how we should live/act
A theological tradition or other authority tells us how we should live/act
We should make decisions about how to live/act based on defined ethical norms
Caring for creation is an assumed norm  
The curriculum views humanity's role in creation as:
The checked lines are clearly affirmed
Domination - God created the Earth for human use; there are no real restrictions on what we can or should do.
Stewardship - "The Earth is the Lord's"" and humans are in a position of managing the creation according to God's will.
Partner - Humans are part of the web of creation, and participate in it as one species among many.
Intruder - Humans are separate from nature, and inherently destructive.
In evaluating changes to "solve" environmental problems, does the curriculum tend toward an approach that is: Confessional - I/we need to change
Confrontational - Some other person, policy or institutions needs to change
Combination - a mix of confessional and confrontational

Content approach
Which of these are a primary target outcome of the curriculum?  Increase awareness or concern about the environment in general
 Increase awareness of concern about a specific environmental issue
 Acquiring factual knowledge about an issue
 Changing or deepening personal beliefs
 Change in self-awareness or self-identity
 Changes in personal behaviors or lifestyle choices
 Influence on institutional (church or other) practices
 Increased political advocacy
 No change, or goal not clear
Other:  Understand work of G.W. Carver
Range of perspectives offered:   A single perspective is offered
  Compares 2 or more perspectives
  A diversity of perspectives presented

Subjective Reviewer Feedback
In general, would you use this program with your congregation/organization? Why or why not?
This resource would be useful in a school setting as a book to read outside class. It would be of particular interest to black students.
What specific feedback do you have after reviewing these materials? What did you like? What did you not like?
As a text for outside or supplemental reading this book would be a useful tool. It does not, however, show what the lasting effects of Carver´s work has been.
What questions did you have after reviewing the materials?
I would like to have heard more about the Tuskegee Institute. What impact has Carver had on modern peanut farming in the South?
What, if any, concerns do you have about the use or implementation of this curriculum?
This book was not intended to be a complete curriculum but it would be much more useful as a resource to supplement a larger study of agriculture practices and values.
What content, if any, does this program seem to be missing? What would you like this program to cover which it does not?
The reviewer did not answer this question
Have you ever used this program in the past, or heard of others who have used it? What if any response was received?
No


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