ERIC Number: ED361165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Education. A Special Study for the World Conference on Education for All.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Environmental Education Section.
This document presents an overview of environmental education (EE) with special reference to basic education. An introduction gives a general definition of environmental education and discusses its relationship to basic education, functional literacy, and sustainable development. The remainder of the document is divided into seven sections. The first section discusses the evolution of the concept of EE. The second section identifies the ultimate aims of EE: environmental literacy, national awareness of EE issues, and individual responsibility. The third section provides a list of objectives and characteristics of EE. The fourth section identifies three target groups of EE and training: the publics; specific occupational or social groups; and professionals and scientists. The fifth section discusses curricular and instructional problems in developing EE. The sixth section presents six strategies for the development of EE at the national level: (1) incorporating EE into all sectors and levels of education; (2) general education of the public through formal and nonformal education; (3) EE for specific professional groups; (4) training of personnel for the development of EE; (5) use of educational research in the development of EE; and (6) use of mass media in meeting basic EE needs. The final section presents the priority aspects of international cooperation and the contribution of the United Nations system, especially the UNESCO-UNEP International EE Program, in the development of EE. Contains 15 references. (MDH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Environmental Education Section.