Updated Guide to Ocean Literacy Now Available

The Ocean Literacy Campaign ad-hoc committee is pleased to announce the publication of a new version of “Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages.” This guide replaces the version first published in July 2005 as “Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences K-12.”

What’s New? One of the biggest changes readers will notice in the redesigned version is the absence of the matrix linking the ocean literacy principles and concepts to the National Education Science Standards. With the publication of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in April 2013, new linkages to the NGSS will be made in the coming months and posted on www.oceanliteracy.net. Additionally, some of the wording in the principles and concepts has been clarified based on feedback that was received over the intervening years as the scope and sequence was developed. Some of these changes include: an additional concept for Essential Principle 4 that describes the role of the ocean in providing water, oxygen, and nutrients and moderating climate as well as the integration of ocean acidification into existing concepts.

This new guide also adds information on how the guide has been used in the past eight years; describes related international developments; and provides links to social networks for the Ocean Literacy Campaign on Facebook and Twitter.

Why Now? The publication of the NGSS provides a new focus for science education in the United States and several sections of the 2005 version were out of date and the numbers of hard copies were depleted. A small group of educators, scientists and policy makers representing the larger community were responsible for this revision. Please see the Acknowledgements page of the guide for the list of the people and organizations that contributed to this revision.

Want a copy immediately? A version suitable for printing on letter-size paper is available online at: http://www.coexploration.org/oceanliteracy/documents/OceanLitGuide_LettersizeV2.pdf.

Hard copies of guide, which include an 18”x 17” poster of the principles and concepts, can be requested by sending an email to education@noaa.gov.

For more information on developments and activities of the Ocean Literacy Campaign, please visit http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org and follow us on twitter @4oceanliteracy. You can also support ocean literacy efforts by becoming a member of the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) at http://www.marine-ed.org/.