ERIC Number: EJ1111081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Environmental Education Excursions and Proximity to Urban Green Space--Densification in a "Compact City"
Environmental Education Research, v22 n7 p1049-1071 2016
The value of urban green space for environmental education fieldwork is empirically investigated in a study among all secondary schools in Amsterdam. The article describes how the proximity of schools to green spaces emerges as a new factor in the "sustainable city" and the "compact city" debate. For fieldwork excursions proximity to green spaces is crucial for establishing a pattern of outdoor environmental education. Once established, it shapes teachers' attitudes on excursions. A linear structural path analysis reveals how this in turn results in more fieldwork excursions to other destinations. Interviews with teachers show how this can be interpreted mainly as a result from iterative positive experiences with excursions close to the school, which are triggered by the availability of nearby green space. Remarkably, beside the effects of green spaces for well-being and health, the significance of green space for environmental education of children remained under-investigated. This argument came prominently to the fore in a case of urban densification within the framework of compact city policies. In the dispute about the elimination of green space, citizens claimed a high educational value would vanish, but they felt this value was not recognized in the decision-making process.
Descriptors: Urban Areas, Environmental Education, Secondary Schools, Proximity, Foreign Countries, Outdoor Education, Teacher Attitudes, Path Analysis, Interviews, Well Being, Geographic Location, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands (Amsterdam)
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