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ERIC Number: ED534370
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 95
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1249-1607-1
Journeying through Despair, Battling for Hope: The Experience of One Environmental Educator
Andre, Elizabeth Kathryn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota
Environmentalism and environmental education can lead people to experience feelings of despair as they learn more about the severity and complexity of environmental challenges. Environmental educators often grapple with questions of how to remain hopeful without being naively optimistic and how to balance professional responsibilities with personal doubts about the efficacy of the field and the sustainability of the human enterprise. Using tools of autoethnography, this study examines the experience of one environmental educator as she struggles with these questions. Insights come from literature in education, cognitive psychology, sociology, medicine, theology, and philosophy. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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