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ERIC Number: ED350145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Centers for Environmental Education: Guidelines for Success.
Wilson, Terry; Martin, Joan
This report presents a model of collaborative effort that established a network of 15 university-based and 2 non-university based Centers for Environmental Education (CEE) in the Tennessee River watershed region. The report begins by establishing definitions for a Center for Environmental Education and a network system, both of which are components of the model. Next, the history of this Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)-sponsored network is provided. This is followed by seven guidelines for new environmental education center development or evaluation of established center programs: (1) the host institution for the center must include service as an integral part of its philosophy; (2) the center should have a strong base of support; (3) the center staff should include a director who has the authority to develop the center, as well as a full-time assistant director who is responsible for managing the programs; (4) a strong network of communication must be established and maintained; (5) specific attainable goals for the center should be established; (6) functions of the center should be identified and ranked according to degree of emphasis given to each; and (7) an advisory committee should be formed to help guide the center's development. Each guideline is followed by the principle upon which it is based and ways that it can be applied. Survey questions administered to TVA-sponsored centers and interview questions administered to center directors are included in a methods section. Appendices provide a map of the Tennessee River Watershed and location of TVA-sponsored CEE, and a listing of the TVA-sponsored CEE. (Contains 8 references.) (MCO)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Education Service Centers, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Guidelines, Higher Education, Information Centers, Information Dissemination, Information Management, Information Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Network Analysis, Networks, Nonformal Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Private Sector, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Public Agencies, Questionnaires, Regional Cooperation, Research, Research and Development Centers, Residential Programs, Resource Centers, Schools, Surveys, Teacher Centers, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Universities
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville.
Authoring Institution: Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green. Center for Mathematics, Science, and Environmental Education.
Identifiers: Environmental Education Centers; Murray State University KY; Tennessee Valley Authority; West Kentucky Environmental Educ Consort; Western Kentucky University