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ERIC Number: EJ839062
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 71
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1038-2046
Global to Local: International Conferences and Environmental Education in The People's Republic of China
Roch, Marie-Claude; Wilkening, Kenneth E.; Hart, Paul
International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, v16 n1 p44-57 Feb 2007
This paper describes research exploring the relationship between international recommendations for environmental education (EE) developed at United Nations (UN) Conferences and non-formal EE initiatives undertaken by Chinese civil organisations. Specifically, the research assesses how international recommendations may have influenced the development and the delivery of Chinese non-formal EE programmes. Data were collected and analysed through an interpretivist perspective and involved: (1) historical and content analysis of recommendations from UN-sponsored conferences related to EE; (2) interviews with academics, Chinese officials and Chinese civil organisations representatives; and (3) document analysis of academic literature as well as governmental and non-governmental publications related to EE. Findings were interpreted in terms of patterns of influence and consistency. Results show that international recommendations for EE did not directly influence non-formal EE efforts in China; nevertheless, some of these efforts seem consistent with international recommendations. Based on these results, questions are raised about the nature of communication between participants in international deliberations and practitioners at the local level. Suggestions are made for improving this communication. (Contains 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China