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ERIC Number: ED361231
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 21
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Situating Beliefs and Trends in Environmental Education within the Ecological Debate.
Faulconer, Tracy
This content analysis examined 84 articles, published between 1950 and 1990, in order to discover and describe the conceptual trends in environmental social thought and to achieve three goals: (1) to write a brief history of ecological beliefs and to clarify the distinction between the ecocentric and anthropocentric perspectives; (2) to compare the beliefs and assumptions expressed by environmental educators with significant social ideas as they developed over time; and (3) to analyze the underlying assumptions, beliefs, and values that have guided environmental education thought since 1949. Trends are examined by decade from the 1950s through the 1980s and summarized under the categories of issues assumptions, language, and sources. Results indicated that though a deep ecology perspective was expressed much less often than the reform position, it was present in each category in each of the decades. Concludes that education has the choice of adapting a model of environmental education based on an ethic of ecocentricity that accepts the moral imperative to help students construct a value system that works for the natural world, or to perpetuate a set of beliefs that work against the creation of a sustainable society. (MDH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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