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ERIC Number: EJ994002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0840-8114
A Baseline Study of Ontario Teachers' Views of Environmental and Outdoor Education
Pedretti, Erminia; Nazir, Joanne; Tan, Michael; Bellomo, Katherine; Ayyavoo, Gabriel
Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, v24 n2 p4-12 Win 2012
This paper describes a research that came about as a result of several converging factors in Ontario: a resurgence of interest in environmental and outdoor education (including outdoor education (OE) centres); recent publications supporting environmental and outdoor education; and curriculum revisions across subject areas that include environmental education (EE) outcomes. Despite the surge of interest in EE, a variety of theoretical perspectives on the subject, and the growing abundance of teaching resources, it is still unclear how EE is being enacted in classrooms. As far back as 1996, Hart identified the lack of existing empirical studies tracking teachers' views and pedagogical practices of EE. A search of academic literature more than a decade later revealed little change. The authors were unable to find any substantial studies mapping Ontario teachers' knowledge, views and practice of EE or its link to OE. This study was designed in response to this gap, to act as a baseline study of environmental and outdoor education in Ontario. (Contains 1 table, 4 figures and 2 notes.)
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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