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Spiteri, Jane – Environmental Education Research, 2021
How children piece together their reasons for protecting the environment is an important but under-research area in early childhood education for sustainability (ECEfS). This article reviews findings related to young Maltese children's (aged 3-7 years) reasons for protecting the environment. Adopting a qualitative case study approach, preliminary…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Young Children, Childrens Attitudes, Freehand Drawing
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Merino, Amparo; Valor, Carmen; Redondo, Raquel – Environmental Education Research, 2020
Fostering interdependence with nature is a central goal of environmental education. Exposing students to nature has been a common practice in environmental education for nurturing this connection among students. However, this exposition is not always feasible, especially in the context of higher education, nor is it clear that exposure to nature…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Personality Traits, Teaching Methods, Environment
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Gray, Donald Stuart; Colucci-Gray, Laura – Environmental Education Research, 2019
There is growing global awareness of the importance of what are often labelled as 'natural environments' for human health, well-being and cognitive development. However, fostering learning in such 'natural environments', as they may be differently experienced and understood, requires a review of theoretical and practical approaches in teacher…
Descriptors: Ecology, Physical Environment, Teacher Education Programs, Outdoor Education
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Willis, Alette – Environmental Education Research, 2019
New nature writing has been gaining popularity in the English-speaking world. Using participant observation of a book group, this article finds that reading such ecological writing can facilitate reader shifts in perceptions and the valuing of non-human organisms and the more-than-human world. Shifts are enabled when readers experience reading as…
Descriptors: Ecology, Reading, Environmental Education, Natural Resources
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Browning, Matthew H. E. M.; Stern, Marc J.; Ardoin, Nicole M.; Heimlich, Joe E. – Environmental Education Research, 2018
Nature centers can serve as valuable community institutions if they are seen as providing important services to the community. Through survey research in communities surrounding 16 nature centers in the United States, we examine the attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs that drive hypothetical support for nature centers from local residents.…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Volunteers, Educational Experience, Aesthetics
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Hofverberg, Hanna; Maivorsdotter, Ninitha – Environmental Education Research, 2018
Creative remake assignments using garments and textile refuse are common educational projects to promote environmental and sustainability actions. However, very little empirical research has been carried out on the learning processes of remake projects. In this article, the aim is to examine how students learn with garments and textile refuse when…
Descriptors: Recycling, Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Clothing
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Haywood, Naomi – Environmental Education Research, 2018
Botanic gardens, as well as being widely acknowledged as beautiful places, are often scientific organisations that aim to engage visitors, including families, in science learning. Yet, the extent to which families view them as settings for science learning is largely unexplored. Drawing upon social constructivist perspectives, this paper…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), Family (Sociological Unit), Aesthetics, Foreign Countries
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Jirásek, Ivo; Veselský, Pavel; Poslt, Jirí – Environmental Education Research, 2017
This text deals with the potential spiritual aspects of being outdoors within the framework of non-formal and informal education. The course being examined was organized by the Vacation School of Lipnice--Outward Bound Czech Republic, and the participants in this course made up the research sample. While the research was not directly focused on…
Descriptors: Athletics, Outdoor Education, Religious Factors, Spiritual Development
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Iared, Valéria Ghisloti; Torres de Oliveira, Haydée; Reid, Alan – Environmental Education Research, 2017
In this paper, we reflect on a study in Brazil's Cerrado that attempts to address a lack of attention to an aesthetic dimension in environmental education practice and research. We start by tracing this lack to the overvaluing of the cognitive sphere in the educational process, noting its echo in the low aesthetic value attributed to the Cerrado…
Descriptors: Aesthetics, Phenomenology, Environmental Education, Verbal Communication
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Jagger, Susan; Sperling, Erin; Inwood, Hilary – Environmental Education Research, 2016
This study explores experiences of a learning garden project at an urban faculty of education. The project opens a space for the theoretical and practical consideration of garden-based pedagogies and their influence on university students, educators, and the community as a whole. The learning garden was created by a small group of initial teacher…
Descriptors: Gardening, Environmental Education, Ethnography, Teaching Methods
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Pointon, Pam – Environmental Education Research, 2014
This paper reports a study of 384 13-14-year olds' written responses to open-ended questions about their understanding of and relationship with "nature." Using constant comparative method the responses were coded, categorised and themed. Most students held scientific conceptions of nature (excluding humans) and a utilitarian relationship…
Descriptors: Early Adolescents, Comparative Analysis, Scientific Concepts, Natural Resources
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Caiman, Cecilia; Lundegård, Iann – Environmental Education Research, 2014
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in pre-school children's meaning-making and learning in education for sustainability. Young children should be recognized as "agents for change" and active participants in their own day-to-day practices. Such issues are thoroughly discussed in the early childhood education for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Sustainability, Sustainable Development
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Rautio, Pauliina – Environmental Education Research, 2013
Rather than categorically teaching us ways to be less anthropocentric, environmental education could be about educating us of the ways in which we already are nature as human animals. In this paper, one species-specific practice of human relating to environment--interspecies articulation--is argued as one way of being nature. Interspecies…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Animals, Biology, Teaching Methods
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Cinquetti, Heloisa Chalmers Sisla; de Carvalho, Luiz Marcelo – Environmental Education Research, 2007
This paper investigates aspects of content knowledge related to teaching and learning about solid waste, focusing on the processes of learning and teaching by Elementary School teachers in Brazil, in two modalities of continuing education: courses and school-based meetings. We analyse elements of teachers' reflections whilst referring to three…
Descriptors: Sanitation, Environmental Education, Continuing Education, Foreign Countries