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ERIC Number: EJ1250332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
The Leadership Role of Teachers and Environment Club Coordinators in Promoting Ecocentrism in Secondary Schools: Teachers as Exemplars of Environmental Education
Smith, William
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v36 n1 p63-80 Mar 2020
This study of Naessian ecocentrism and anthropocentrism in three environment club coordinators/science teachers, their colleagues and some parents at three secondary schools uses deep ecology and relational fields as primary frameworks for open-ended interviews. The findings reveal new insights into the affective, cognitive and behavioural characteristics of coordinators who enhance environmental education in their schools. The work presents preliminary data on leadership among sustainability coordinators who run environment clubs. It fills a gap in the literature by showing that in addition to environmental educators requiring knowledge and attitudes regarding sustainability practices, affective qualities like connectedness and love for the environment may be important to their success as sustainability exemplars. Teachers emerge as "sustainability exemplars" in a relational field to implement sustainability across the secondary curriculum, galvanise students, teachers and parents to connect to the Earth, and help students, teachers and parents move away from anthropocentrism. Findings suggest that if schools commit resources and time to the coordinator's role, students experience significant benefits by becoming closer to the Earth and more empowered to act for the environment in ways consistent with deep ecology.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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