ERIC Number: EJ1045783
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Exploring the Professional Characteristics and Contexts of School-Based Environmental Education "Leaders"
Fazio, Xavier; Karrow, Douglas D.
Alberta Journal of Educational Research, v59 n4 p613-629 Win 2013
Our study explored the professional characteristics and contexts of school-based environmental education (EE) leaders within elementary and secondary schools. Using complementary mixed-methods (surveys and focus groups) we detail the characteristics of EE leaders in these schools. Our analyses revealed that these leaders were predominantly classroom or subject-based teachers and experienced practitioners. They demonstrated the ability to negotiate the constraints of schools and implement school-wide EE initiatives due to their personal commitment to student learning about and for the environment. With our findings and using distributed leadership principles, we provide recommendations to support and enhance EE leadership in schools.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Elementary School Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Power Structure, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Characteristics, Context Effect, Surveys, Focus Groups
University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. 845 Education Centre South, Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5, Canada. Tel: 780-492-7941; Fax: 780-492-0236; Web site: http://ajer.synergiesprairies.ca
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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