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ERIC Number: EJ842772
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Human/Nature Discourse in Environmental Science Education Resources
Chambers, Joan M.
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v13 n1 p107-121 2008
It is argued that the view of nature and the relationship between human beings and nature that each of us holds impacts our decisions, actions, and notions of environmental responsibility and consciousness. In this study, I investigate the discursive patterns of selected environmental science classroom resources produced by three disparate subcommunities: the provincial government, a school district, and a non-governmental organization. The findings illustrate how the discursive management of the human-nature relationship and the view of nature in programs and materials for schools offer students a particular perspective, acting to shape their personal relationships with nature and environmental consciousness. The study points to a need for a critical appraisal of resources for schools produced by the environmental/science community. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada