Socially critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms

Author: Jane Edwards
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319021478
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The effectiveness of Education for Sustainable Development depends on the ability of schools and teachers to embrace pedagogies that reduce the gap between the rhetoric of education for the environment and the reality of classroom practices. This book responds to the need to better understand the nature of the relationships between agency and structure that contribute to the development of educational rhetoric-reality gaps in order to inform processes that most effectively facilitate pedagogical change. This book explores the issues of pedagogical change through the experiences of Australian primary school teachers faced with the challenge of implementing an environmental education program in which young students were positioned as active participants in the social processes from which environmentally sustainable practices could be developed. These teachers were required to adopt pedagogies that often represented the antithesis of their well-established teacher-directed approaches. Through the use of Anthony Giddens’ Theory of Structuration this book provides unique perspectives of the teacher mediated manner in which certain elements of structure and agency interrelate to enable and constrain classroom practices—essential understandings for school principals and educational policy developers who aim to effectively implement pedagogical change. This book also demonstrates that the Theory of Structuration provides a valuable ontological research framework, and provides social researchers with practical guidance for how to relate this theory to specific research issues.

The Arts in the Primary School

Author: Rod Taylor
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136452567
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Firmly based on the authors’ personal experience, this book tackles a wide range of issues relating to the teaching of the arts in the primary school. The authors illustrate how primary children of all ages can be educated to both know about and to practice all the major art forms, and how a school staff can effectively accommodate and practice them all, even within the constraints of the National Curriculum. This book is unique in primary school education terms, as its primary focus is specific and it embraces every major art form – dance, drama, literature, music, visual arts and film.

Urban Environmental Education Review

Author: Alex Russ
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501712780
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Urban Environmental Education Review explores how environmental education can contribute to urban sustainability. Urban environmental education includes any practices that create learning opportunities to foster individual and community well-being and environmental quality in cities. It fosters novel educational approaches and helps debunk common assumptions that cities are ecologically barren and that city people don't care for, or need, urban nature or a healthy environment. Topics in Urban Environmental Education Review range from the urban context to theoretical underpinnings, educational settings, participants, and educational approaches in urban environmental education. Chapters integrate research and practice to help aspiring and practicing environmental educators, urban planners, and other environmental leaders achieve their goals in terms of education, youth and community development, and environmental quality in cities. The ten-essay series Urban EE Essays, excerpted from Urban Environmental Education Review, may be found here: naaee.org/eepro/resources/urban-ee-essays. These essays explore various perspectives on urban environmental education and may be reprinted/reproduced only with permission from Cornell University Press. Contributors Jennifer D. Adams, Brooklyn College, CUNY; Olivia M. Aguilar, Denison University; Shorna B. Allred, Cornell University; Daniel Fonseca de Andrade, Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro; Scott Ashmann, University of Wisconsin–Green Bay; Dave Barbier, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point; M'Lis Bartlett, University of Michigan; Michael Barnett, Boston College; Simon Beames, University of Edinburgh; Chew-Hung Chang, Nanyang Technological University; Tzuchau Chang, Taiwan Normal University; Louise Chawla, University of Colorado Boulder; Lewis Ting On Cheung, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Belinda Chin, City of Seattle Parks and Recreation; Polly L. Knowlton Cockett, Grassroutes Ethnoecological Association; Laura B. Cole, University of Missouri; Jason Corwin, Seneca Nation; Amy Cutter-Mackenzie, Southern Cross University; Maria Daskolia, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte, Cornell University Cooperative Extension; Victoria L. Derr, California State University, Monterey Bay; Giuliana Dettori, National Research Council of Italy; Bryce B. DuBois, Cornell University; Janet E. Dyment, University of Tasmania; Johanna Ekne, Ekne Ecology; Thomas Elmqvist, Stockholm University; Johan Enqvist, Stockholm University; Mariona Espinet, Autonomous University of Barcelona; Ellen Field, James Cook University; Rebecca L. Franzen, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point; David A. Greenwood, Lakehead University; Randolph Haluza-DeLay, King's University, Edmonton; Marna Hauk, Prescott College and Institute for Earth Regenerative Studies; Joe E. Heimlich, The Ohio State University; Alexander Hellquist, Uppsala University; Cecilia P. Herzog, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro; Yu Huang, Beijing Normal University; Hilary Inwood, University of Toronto; Marianna Kalaitsidaki, University of Crete; Matthew S. Kaplan, Pennsylvania State University; Chankook Kim, Korea National University of Education; Hiromi Kobori, Tokyo City University; Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, University of British Columbia; Jada Renee Koushik, University of Saskatchewan; Marianne E. Krasny, Cornell University; Shelby Gull Laird, Stephen F. Austin State University; John Chi-Kin Lee, Hong Kong Institute of Education; Raul P. Lejano, New York University; Mary Leou, New York University; Kendra Liddicoat, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point; Shih-Tsen Nike Liu, University of Taipei; David Maddox, The Nature of Cities; Karen Malone, Western Sydney University; Mapula Priscilla Masilela, Rhodes University; Elizabeth P. McCann, Antioch University New England; Marcia McKenzie, University of Saskatchewan; Timon McPhearson, The New School; Sanskriti Menon, Centre for Environment Education; Denise Mitten, Prescott College; Martha C. Monroe, University of Florida; Timon McPhearson, The New School; Mutizwa Mukute, Rhodes University; Harini Nagendra, Azim Premji University; John Nzira, Ukuvuna-Urban Farming Projects; Lausanne Olvitt, Rhodes University; Illène Pevec, Fat City Farmers; Felix Pohl, Independent Sustainability Consultancy; Andrew Rudd, UN-Habitat; Alex Russ (Alexey Kudryavtsev), Cornell University; Tania M. Schusler, Loyola University Chicago; Soul Shava, University of South Africa; Philip Silva, Cornell University; Nonyameko Zintle Songqwaru, Rhodes University; Marc J. Stern, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Robert B. Stevenson, James Cook University; Erika S. Svendsen, USDA Forest Service; Geok Chin Ivy Tan, Nanyang Technological University; Cynthia Thomashow, IslandWood and Antioch University Seattle; Mitchell Thomashow, Philanthropy Northwest; Arjen E. J. Wals, Wageningen University; Kumara S. Ward, Western Sydney University; Robert Withrow-Clark, Butte College; Wanglin Yan, Keio University

Place and Community Based Education in Schools

Author: Gregory A. Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134999925
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Place- and community-based education – an approach to teaching and learning that starts with the local – addresses two critical gaps in the experience of many children now growing up in the United States: contact with the natural world and contact with community. It offers a way to extend young people’s attention beyond the classroom to the world as it actually is, and to engage them in the process of devising solutions to the social and environmental problems they will confront as adults. This approach can increase students’ engagement with learning and enhance their academic achievement. Envisioned as a primer and guide for educators and members of the public interested in incorporating the local into schools in their own communities, this book explains the purpose and nature of place- and community-based education and provides multiple examples of its practice. The detailed descriptions of learning experiences set both within and beyond the classroom will help readers begin the process of advocating for or incorporating local content and experiences into their schools.

Educating for Sustainability in Primary Schools

Author: Neil Taylor
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9463000461
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Education for Sustainability is a key priority in today’s schools, as our society seeks to find a balance between environmental, social, cultural, political and economic imperatives that affect our future. As young children will become the next generation of adults, it is vital that they are educated about sustainability issues, so that they can learn to make informed decisions and take positive action for a sustainable world. Teachers are ideally placed to educate for sustainability issues, and indeed have a responsibility to do so. However, they often lack support and experience in this area, and constraints of current curriculum priorities can inhibit Education for Sustainability being taught effectively in many classrooms. Educating for Sustainability in Primary Schools: Teaching for the Future addresses this problem by showing how Education for Sustainability can be developed within and across all areas of the primary curriculum in the Australian and New Zealand contexts. The book provides a range of educational approaches and examples of activities to support teachers in addressing national requirements for teaching the major primary curriculum learning areas, while simultaneously educating for sustainability. This integrative approach to primary education can promote knowledge of, positive attitudes towards and suitable action for sustainability in relevant, meaningful, enjoyable and creative ways. This book is a valuable resource for all primary teachers who wish to make a real difference to educating children for the future.

Social Learning Towards a Sustainable World

Author: Arjen E. J. Wals
Publisher: Wageningen Academic Pub
ISBN: 9086860311
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This comprehensive volume - containing 27 chapters and contributions from six continents - presents and discusses key principles, perspectives, and practices of social learning in the context of sustainability. Social learning is explored from a range of fields challenged by sustainability including: organizational learning, environmental management and corporate social responsibility; multi-stakeholder governance; education, learning and educational psychology; multiple land-use and integrated rural development; and consumerism and critical consumer education. An entire section of the book is devoted to a number of reflective case studies of people, organizations and communities using forms of social learning in moving towards sustainability.

Education and Sustainability

Author: Daniella Tilbury
Publisher: IUCN
ISBN: 2831706238
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A publication from IUCN s Commission on Education and Communication (CEC), this book tells the stories of people who work with communities to motivate them to create a more sustainable future. The accounts range from engaging communities through theatre to a revival of indigenous stories to pass on good environmental practice. The publication was produced both to share what educators around the world have learnt and to give them a platform to tell their stories."

The Global Environment

Author: Stephen R. Sterling
Publisher: Longman Group United Kingdom
ISBN: 9780582074170
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Reflecting the BBC Schools TV series on the environment, this text looks at global problems, highlighting the inter-relationships between the industrialized countries and the Third World, and the efforts of ordinary people to contribute to solutions in the