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ERIC Number: EJ1141982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
"Roll up Your Sleeves and Get at It!" Climate Change Education in Teacher Education
Berger, Paul; Gerum, Natalie; Moon, Martha
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v20 p154-172 2015
We present findings from research on a nine-week elective course, "Climate Change Pedagogy," taught for the first time in the Bachelor of Education program at Lakehead University in winter 2014. After reviewing literature on what is needed for effective teaching about climate change and some of the neoliberal barriers to such teaching, we draw on interview and questionnaire data to describe successful aspects of the course and barriers we encountered in teaching about climate change. Participants said openness and a welcoming environment were important and they appreciated the relevance of course content and pedagogy to their future teaching in various grades and subjects. Barriers to teaching about climate change include teacher candidates' lack of knowledge about climate change and concerns about the "political" nature of climate change education. Many participants said that the course should be longer and mandatory for all teacher candidates.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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