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ERIC Number: ED522832
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Pages: 48
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Environmental Literacy in America and Making It a Reality: Three-Year Report 2002/2003/2004
National Environmental Education & Training Foundation
Research by the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) and Roper Public Affairs at NOP World tells that the average 12th grader (and by extension, the average adult) still falls far short of what would be considered "environmentally literate" by anyone's definition. Seemingly elementary questions elude most of the public: What fuels most of their electricity? Is average automobile gas mileage getting better or worse? What is the main material filling urban landfills? What is the source of water pollution? This lack of knowledge and understanding makes it increasingly difficult for people to comprehend highly complicated environmental issues that require people to connect several dots of understanding. This report speaks to new levels of accountability and performance in environmental education and literacy. It makes the point that individuals need a better research base and to better employ what research they already have. It says they need a clearer construct for how environmental education builds into environmental literacy.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia