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ERIC Number: EJ842780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
Three Decades of International Guidelines for Environment-Related Education: A Critical Hermeneutic of the United Nations Discourse
Sauve, Lucie; Berryman, Tom; Brunelle, Renee
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v12 n1 p33-54 2007
The UNESCO-UNEP International Environmental Education Program (1975-1995) provided impetus for developing, legitimizing, and institutionalizing environmental education. More recently, UNESCO was mandated by the United Nations to carry out a worldwide shift towards education for sustainable development. As international organizations' recommendations and guidelines often act as beacons for the conception and implementation of national formal and nonformal education programs, it is necessary to critically appraise their content. Our hermeneutical analysis of United Nations documents concerning environmental education, which is now subsumed to sustainable development, highlights an instrumental view of education, a resourcist conception of the environment, and an economicist view of development. Such a worldview needs to be discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 2 notes.)
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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