ERIC Number: ED321154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Environmental Adult Education. Trends and Issues Alerts.
Environmentalism has become a part of the culture, and environmentalists now constitute a major social movement. The solutions to many current environmental problems require a local or national response, but solutions to other problems will require a global response. Major United Nations reports have recognized that solving global environmental problems will occur only through long-term strategies for achieving sustainable development. Education is one such long-term strategy, and adult educators possess much knowledge about adult learning and program planning and development that can be beneficial to environmentalists. However, the role adult educators should play in the environmental movement is not yet clear. Because adult educators are more accustomed to meeting the needs of individuals rather than groups, they may have to adjust some of their strategies to work with existing environmmental groups. Adult educators will need to approach environmental groups as partners who want to support rather than supplant their educational activities. They also will need to be aware of some issues affiliated with environmental education. Among those issues are that: (1) environmental education is by its very nature a political activity; (2) questioning the merits of global development raises the issue of balancing environmental needs against the needs of developing nations; and (3) because adult environmental learning is primarily a cognitive activity, perhaps adult educators should engage not in adult education but in promotion of adults who take action. (16 annotated resources) (CML)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, Columbus, OH.