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West, Sarah E. – Environmental Education Research, 2015
Environmental education can deliver benefits to individuals, society and the environment, but few studies have asked practitioners or participants what they feel these benefits are. This research compares the perspectives of practitioners and participants in environmental education projects, using questionnaires, focus groups and participant…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Teacher Attitudes, Questionnaires, Focus Groups
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Medir, Rosa Maria; Heras, Raquel; Geli, Anna Maria – Environmental Education Research, 2014
Guiding documents under the "PEC" acronym are commonly used in environmental education centres (EECs) in Spain. They are written documents that are seen as necessary tools to safeguard quality. In this study, we analyse the guiding documents of twenty-three EECs in the province of Girona (Catalonia, Spain) in order to understand their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Resource Centers, Sustainability
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Meyer, Manulani Aluli – Environmental Education Research, 2014
This short piece offers two literal and figurative snapshots of what land education looks like in action in Hawaii. The first snapshot depicts a contemporary example of Indigenous Hawaiian taro cultivation in the Limahuli valley on the island of Kauai. The second snapshot illustrates the food sovereignty movement in Waianae, Oahu located at the…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Indigenous Knowledge, Agriculture, Food
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Rouhiainen, Henna; Vuorisalo, Timo – Environmental Education Research, 2014
So far the research on historical environment-related education has focused on scientific rather than "humanistic" (including Romantic and religious) educational approaches and ideologies. In the field of non-formal education implemented by associations these have, however, been common. We used content analysis to study two membership…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Nonformal Education, Content Analysis
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Johnson, Brian; Duffin, Michael; Murphy, Michael – Environmental Education Research, 2012
The goal of this study was to investigate the degree to which school-based and nonformal education programs that focus on air quality (AQ) achieved measurable AQ improvements, and whether specific instructional methods were associated with those improvements. We completed a standardized telephone interview with representatives of 54 AQ education…
Descriptors: Pollution, Teaching Methods, School Community Relationship, Nonformal Education
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Evans, Emily; Ching, Cynthia Carter; Ballard, Heidi L. – Environmental Education Research, 2012
In the following case study, we examine the interplay between self-perception, environmental perception, and the interests and practice of volunteer trail guides who were recruited to provide educational services for visitors to a natural reserve in Northern California. Through semi-structured interviews with 15 guides and observations of training…
Descriptors: Volunteers, Environmental Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Role
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Hopkinson, Peter; Hughes, Peter; Layer, Geoff – Environmental Education Research, 2008
The paper hypothesises that student learning about sustainable development (SD) might usefully be configured within a broad framework combining formal, informal and campus curriculum. Student learning about sustainable development is a form of education for sustainable development (ESD), a term which has many definitions and interpretations. In…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Learning Experience, Educational Opportunities, Curriculum Development
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Ballantyne, Roy; Packer, Jan – Environmental Education Research, 2005
Environmental education, both in and outside of the classroom, aims to facilitate adoption of sustainable practice by both school students and the general public. This paper explores the role of free-choice learning experiences in this regard. An overview of theoretical approaches underpinning free-choice learning research is provided, examples…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Sustainable Development, Attitudes, Attitude Change
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Falk, John H. – Environmental Education Research, 2005
Education is a lifelong endeavor; the public learns in many places and contexts, for a diversity of reasons, throughout their lives. During the past couple of decades, there has been a growing awareness that free-choice learning experiences--learning experiences where the learner exercises a large degree of choice and control over the what, when…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Environmental Education, Informal Education, Nonformal Education
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Meyers, Ronald B. – Environmental Education Research, 2005
A critical review of the epistemological foundations of free-choice learning (FCL) theory was undertaken to evaluate how this theory treats knowledge, whatever importance we might attach to it. It is argued here that free-choice learning has great promise yet would benefit from theoretical adjustments that modify Vygotsky's learning theory by…
Descriptors: Pragmatics, Learning Theories, Epistemology, Informal Education
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Skanavis, Constantina; Sakellari, Maria; Petreniti, Vassiliki – Environmental Education Research, 2005
Citizen participation in environmental decision-making is of extreme importance in securing a good quality of life. Local communities know best what alternate solutions should be implemented for appropriate management of their area. This paper presents findings about the environmental characteristics of various Greek citizens' groups, where…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizen Participation, Quality of Life, Environmental Education
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Boyer, Leanna; Roth, Wolff-Michael – Environmental Education Research, 2005
In this article we describe an instance of free-choice learning in the context of an eelgrass mapping and stewardship project (the "Project") that covers over 500 kilometers of coastline in British Columbia, Canada, and involves 20 volunteer groups. In this ethnographic case study we sought to (a) explicate the relationship between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cartography, Maps, Informal Education
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Taylor, Edward W.; Caldarelli, Mary – Environmental Education Research, 2004
The purpose of this study was to investigate the teaching beliefs of non-formal environmental educators who work in state and local parks. Findings reveal that teaching beliefs are much more complex than purported in the literature. Three broad insights are offered: including roles and responsibilities of the non-formal environmental educator,…
Descriptors: Parks, Environment, Beliefs, Environmental Education
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Heimlich, Joe E.; Meyers, Ronald B. – Environmental Education Research, 1998
A national survey of 131 park and zoo educators' teaching beliefs was conducted in 14 parks and zoos in the United States in 1996. The Van Tilburg/Heimlich Teaching Beliefs Scale and a self-report time on task and importance of task were used. Outcomes showed that a preponderance of respondents would self-identify their beliefs to be…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Ecology, Environmental Education, Instruction
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Mucunguzi, Patrick – Environmental Education Research, 1995
Reviews contemporary environmental education in Uganda. Presents a new approach that emphasizes the adoption of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, people-centered, and participatory programs in environmental concerns. Embraces the diversity of the biophysical, social, and economic environments and is closely associated with permanent…
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries
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