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ERIC Number: EJ829997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1350-4622
Developing Citizens and Communities through Youth Environmental Action
Schusler, Tania M.; Krasny, Marianne E.; Peters, Scott J.; Decker, Daniel J.
Environmental Education Research, v15 n1 p111-127 Feb 2009
Although several studies have examined learning outcomes of environmental action experiences for youth, little is known about the aims motivating practitioners to involve youth in action creating positive environmental and social change, nor how practitioners perceive success. This research explored through phenomenological interviews practitioners' purposes for using an environmental action approach. Practitioners in this inquiry, who engaged youth in action addressing a range of environmental issues in varied programmatic and community contexts in the US, expressed multifaceted aims motivating their educational practice. Interpretation of practitioners' stories with respect to their purposes and perceptions of success contributed to a conceptual framework relating environmental action to the development of citizens and sustainable communities. Whereas others have described the stages and learning outcomes of environmental action, this inquiry illustrates the potential of environmental action for concurrently realizing individual and community level impacts. (Contains 1 figure and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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