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ERIC Number: EJ845847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
Constructing Apathy: How Environmentalism and Environmental Education May Be Fostering "Learned Hopelessness" in Children
Nagel, Michael
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v21 p71-80 2005
For children, environmental issues have become part of their formal and informal educational lives. The merging of the terms environment and education in the 1970s has also witnessed an emerging degree of pessimism through bringing the plight of the environment to the educational arena of children. Much of the discourse surrounding sustainable development is premised on a negative outlook regarding the state of the environment. It is these types of negative messages on which this article focuses. This paper suggests that while attempting to educate future generations about environmental issues, environmentalism may have also assisted in developing a generation of children who have not only become apathetic to environmental issues but also lost in a confusing muddle of "learned hopelessness". (Contains 1 figure.)
Australian Association for Environmental Education, Inc.. P.O. Box 560, Bellingen, NSW 2454 Australia. Tel: +61-2-6655-1865; Fax: +61-2-6655-1596; e-mail: admin@aaee.org.au; Website: http://www.aaee.org.au/publications/ajee.htm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada