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ERIC Number: EJ881769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Action Competence as an Integrating Objective for Environmental Education
Fontes, P. J.
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v9 n1 p148-162 2004
This paper outlines briefly some of the factors and forces that have led to the multiplicity of approaches to and the dis-integration of the objectives of environmental education. It traces the evolution of the understanding of the concept of action competence, and of its application in environmental education research and practice in Portugal. The comprehensiveness of action competence allows and requires that environmental education integrate separate and sometimes opposed approaches: knowledge, in the form of know-that, about the environment and about society; knowledge, in the form of know-how, of how to act, individually and collectively, to bring about change; and the will to act, will-to, based on affections and values that impel and sustain action. (Contains 4 notes.)
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 - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal