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ERIC Number: EJ1062844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 92
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Practitioners' Perspectives on the Purpose of Environmental Education
Fraser, John; Gupta, Rupanwita; Krasny, Marianne E.
Environmental Education Research, v21 n5 p777-800 2015
Since the 1980s, scholars have suggested that environmental education (EE) has a "definitional problem" represented by a multiplicity of perspectives that have critically impacted its discourse, practices, and outcomes. This study sought to investigate how North American EE practitioners from backgrounds ranging from formal and non-formal institutions think about their work. We focused on folk narratives and emerging urban environmental concerns of community education rather than reliance on academic opinion alone. Using Q methodology, the study identified five distinct perspectives that appear to represent different ways of prioritizing EE outcomes. All five perspectives were concerned with promoting sustainable living and improved human well-being, but the nuances suggest that an individual who adheres strongly to one may feel someone holding a contrasting perspective is working at cross-purposes. The authors suggest that understanding these perspectives can help reduce misunderstanding within the EE field.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: US Environmental Protection Agency
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida; Missouri; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Wisconsin
Grant or Contract Numbers: NT-83497401-0