ERIC Number: EJ1051870
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 106
Development of Ecological Place Meaning in New York City
Russ, Alex; Peters, Scott J.; Krasny, Marianne E.; Stedman, Richard C.
Journal of Environmental Education, v46 n2 p73-93 2015
Urban environmental education helps students to recognize ecological features and practices of cities. To understand the value and practice of developing such ecological place meaning, we conducted narrative research with educators and students in urban environmental education programs in the Bronx, New York City. Narratives showed that educators are cultivating ecological place meaning to help students appreciate ecological aspects of cities, and develop their imagination of how their environment could be improved. Such ecological place meaning is nurtured through direct experiences with the urban environment, social interactions within educational programs and communities, and development of students' ecological identity.
Descriptors: Urban Education, Environmental Education, Ecological Factors, Place Based Education, Personal Narratives, Social Influences, Interpersonal Relationship, Well Being, Interviews, Qualitative Research, Validity
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Identifiers - Location: New York