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Climate Change Education
Knowing, doing and being

ISBN 9780415641968
Published May 1, 2014 by Routledge
180 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Climate change is a controversial topic; some people assert that climate change is not occurring, and others believe that reports are inaccurate, that whilst climate change is happening, it may not be caused by human activity. There are also climate alarmists who use IPCC reports to support their claims that erratic weather patterns are a result of climate change caused by human activity. Regardless of these different viewpoints, one fact can be agreed upon; climate change is a complex subject and there is a need to educate future generations, enabling them to deal with the plethora of information and views that they will experience in their lives.

This book explores what education for climate change entails, discussing the concept of Climate Change Education (CCE) itself, how it can be taught in schools and how public education can be carried out. It instructs what specific subject matter to teach for CCE, and how to evaluate the student learning on the subject. Chapters include:

  • CCE in the Formal Curriculum
  • Teacher readiness for CCE
  • Assessment for and of CCE
  • Lessons from CCE for Public Education

Climate Change Education is an extremely useful resource for anyone involved in educating students on climate change and also for those interested in climate change itself.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Defining Climate Change Education 3. Climate Change Education in the Formal Curriculum 4. What do Students know about Climate Change? 5. Teacher readiness for CCE 6. Preparing Teachers for CCE 7. Assessment for and of CCE 8. Lessons from CCE for Public Education 9. Resume

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Chang Chew Hung is an Associate Professor with the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he is also the Associate Dean for Professional Development.


"This book offers a succinct view of the issue of addressing the controversial topic of climate change in classrooms. Chang (Nanyang Technological Univ., Singapore) carefully defines climate change education and reviews how the topic is approached globally...Summing Up: Recommended. Education and environmental studies collections serving upper-division undergraduates through professionals/practitioners."- D. L. King, University of Georgia, in CHOICE, January 2015