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ERIC Number: EJ1099148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-956X
Place-Based Stewardship Education: Nurturing Aspirations to Protect the Rural Commons
Gallay, Erin; Marckini-Polk, Lisa; Schroeder, Brandon; Flanagan, Constance
Peabody Journal of Education, v91 n2 p155-175 2016
In this mixed-methods study, we examine the potential of place-based stewardship education (PBSE) for nurturing rural students' community attachment and aspirations to contribute to the preservation of the environmental "commons." Analyzing pre- and post-experience surveys (n = 240) and open-ended responses (n = 275) collected from middle school students in a Northeast Michigan school district, we found significant increases in students' environmental sensitivity, environmentally responsible behaviors, community attachment, and confidence in their capacities for civic action. Analyses of open-ended responses pointed to the potential of PBSE to nurture students' identification with their community and to increase their commitment to stewardship of their community's natural resources. This study makes a unique contribution to the literature on rural schools by focusing on the environmental commons and younger generations' commitments to preserve it as an asset of rural communities. By linking students' learning with collective action to preserve the environmental commons, PBSE can expand students' aspirations for the kind of world they want to live in and the roles they might play in it.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan
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