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ERIC Number: EJ946107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0010-4086
The Global Expansion of Environmental Education in Universities
Frank, David John; Robinson, Karen Jeong; Olesen, Jared
Comparative Education Review, v55 n4 p546-573 Nov 2011
Environmental education is on the rise in universities around the world. Conventional explanations emphasize proximate needs and interests rooted in environmental degradation. We propose instead a top-down causal imagery, hinging on the expanded meaning, purpose, and comprehensibility of the human-nature relationship in world society. We test our view in cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of environmental degree programs in a global sample of universities. Throughout, our explanation proves stronger than the alternative. Universities embrace environmental education as the substance and significance of the human-nature relationship grow in global institutions and as the relationship is increasingly deemed comprehensible within the knowledge framework. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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