ERIC Number: EJ995134
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
The Influence of School Culture on Environmental Education Integration: A Case Study of an Urban Private School System
Shumacher, Stephanie L.; Fuhrman, Nicholas E.; Duncan, Dennis W.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v53 n4 p141-155 2012
As a discipline, environmental education (EE) has been criticized for lacking empirical evidence on the behavioral outcomes of its programs. While the behavioral outcomes of EE activities are often associated with the youth learner, teachers are one target audience of EE training programs who have received increasing attention with regards to behavior change. Previous research has identified numerous barriers to teaching EE in the classroom. Barriers include a lack of natural spaces to conduct EE activities, little administrative support, limited time, and lack of teacher comfort and confidence with science. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to understand how Trinity School's culture has influenced EE integration. A number of domains emerged from the data regarding characteristics of the school which have influenced EE integration, including: administration, freedom in curriculum and exploration, and collaboration among teachers. A series of domains also emerged regarding barriers to teaching EE, including: comfort, lack of time, lack of interest among teachers, politics, and dangers and safety concerns.
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Behavior Change, Private Schools, School Culture, Integrated Curriculum, Teacher Effectiveness, Barriers, Qualitative Research, Case Studies, Institutional Characteristics, School Administration, Teacher Collaboration, Urban Schools, Phenomenology, Interviews, Elementary School Teachers
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia