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Environmental Education

by: Burnice Wilkinson

Environmental Education CSS 487

Burnice Wilkinson
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Burnice Wilkinson on Friday October 23, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to CSS 487 at University of Idaho taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see /class/227801/css-487-university-of-idaho in Computational Social Science at University of Idaho.

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CSS 487 7 2008 Week 3 Reading Notes and Discussion Questions N E b 53quotquot gt1 According to Disinger where do the Environmental Worldviews comucopian utilitarian conservationist and preservationist fall on Karla Bradley s model 39 the 139 quot 139 39 39 f of 39 Education The Big Three in uences that will determine the overall orientation of an environmental education program a Your audience b Your organization c Your values According to Disinger why does Environmental Education not t in normal educational settings a EE is interdisciplinary b Teachers do not have the indepth training necessary to deal well with environmental education as it should be c Teaching materials available are not substantive enough in the natural and social sciences or critical analysis of multiple positions What is and has been one of the major criticisms of Environmental Education a It is biased towards proenvironmental positions encouraging students to engage in proactive environmental behavior on emotional sometimes false sometimes irrational bases while failing to provide suf cient f t A I on issues to Jquot justify positions taken It is important to teach how to think not what to think According to the Tbilisi Declaration what are the goals of environmental education Where do these goals t on KB s model a To foster clear awareness of and concern about economic social political and ecological interdependence in urban and rural areas b To provide every person with opportunities to acquire the knowledge values attitudes commitment and skills needed to protect and improve the environment To create new patterns of behavior of individuals groups and society as a whole towards the environment EPA Definition of EE Environmental education EE increases public awareness and knowledge of environmental issues and challenges Through EE people gain an understanding of how their individual actions affect the environment acquire skills that they can use to weigh various sides of issues and become better equipped to make informed decisions EE also gives people a deeper understanding of the environment inspiring them to take personal responsibility for its preservation and restoration 0 8 NAAEE De nition of EE rmly rooted in the Belgrade Charter 1976 and the Tbilisi Declaration 1978 The Belgrade Charter is as follows a The goal of environmental education is to develop a world population that is aware of and concerned about the environment and its associated problems and which has the knowledge skills attitudes motivations and commitment to work individually and collectively toward solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones 9 Does the tendency of environmental educators to emphasize behavioral modifications contradict one of education s primary aims 7 the development of independent critical thinking 10 The roots of Environmental Education were nature study outdoor education and conservation education a b 0 Nature Study 7 putting the child into intimate and sympathetic contact with the things of the external world Outdoor education 7 an educational approach or method 1he use of resources outside the classroom for educational purposes Conservation Education 7 realization of the basic importance of these resources determination to utilize them for the common good through long range planning and general knowledge of appropriate remedial and preventative conservation procedures are among the marks of an educated citizen


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