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ERIC Number: EJ895050
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
Addressing Barriers to Ecological Literacy
Monaghan, Kim; Curthoys, Lesley
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v20 n3 p12-16 Spr 2008
Capra defines ecological literacy as "understanding the basic principles of ecology and being able to embody them in daily life." Roth describes ecological literacy as "the capacity to perceive and interpret the relative health of environmental systems and to take appropriate action to maintain, restore, or improve the health of those systems." It is clear from these definitions that ecological literacy is more than just a measure of one's ecological knowledge; it is also a measure of one's ability and willingness to use that knowledge to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Accordingly, advocates of place-based learning suggest ecological literacy is best developed through meaningful participation and action-oriented learning in one's local communities with their inherent ecological, social, political and economic realities. Despite the growing support for sustainability education, and increased knowledge of gateways to effective environmental action, fostering ecological literacy through education has proven more difficult than anticipated. This article discusses the Western societal values, which the authors labeled as "myth," and the barriers to ecological literacy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada