1st Edition

Curriculum and Environmental Education
Perspectives, Priorities and Challenges

ISBN 9781138501836
Published June 13, 2018 by Routledge
416 Pages

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Book Description

This collection traces the development and findings of curriculum studies of environmental education since the mid-1970s. Based on a virtual special issue of the Journal of Curriculum Studies, the volume identifies a series of curriculum challenges for and from environmental education. These include key questions in curriculum politics, planning and implementation, including which educative experiences should a curriculum foster and why; what the scope of a worthwhile curriculum should be and how it should be decided, organised and reworked; why distinctive curricula are provided to different groups of students; and how curriculum should best be enacted and evaluated?

The editor and contributors call for renewed attention to the possibilities for future directions in research, in light of previously published work and innovations in scholarship. They also offer critical commentary on curriculum, critique and crisis in environmental education, through new material and previous studies from the journal, by addressing three key themes: perspectives on curriculum and environment education; accounting for curriculum in environmental education; and changes in curriculum for environmental education.

Table of Contents

Preface Alan Reid

1.Curriculum and environmental education: perspectives, priorities and challenges Alan Reid

2. A non-technical introduction to curriculum challenges for and from environmental education Alan Reid

3. How to understand curriculum challenges for and from environmental education Alan Reid

Part I: Perspectives on Curriculum and Environment Education

4. Environmental education and the issue of nature Michael Bonnett

5. ‘Littered with literacy’: an ecopedagogical reflection on whole language, pedocentrism and the necessity of refusal David W. Jardine

6. From epistemology to ecopolitics: renewing a paradigm for curriculum Noel Gough

7. Sustainability and the learning virtues John Foster

8. Ideology, political education and teacher education: matching paradigms and models John Fien

9. Ecological consciousness and curriculum Marla Morris

Part II: Accounting for Curriculum in Environmental Education

10. Environmental education and the secondary school curriculum C.G. Gayford

11. Subjects for Study: Aspects of a Social History of Curriculum Ivor Goodson

12. Greening the future for education: changing curriculum content and school organization Annette Greenall Gough

13. Globalization and environmental education: looking beyond sustainable development Bob Jickling and Arjen E.J. Wals

14. Environmental Studies Courses in Colleges of Education W.E. Marsden

15. Environment in the curriculum: representation and development in the Scottish physical and social sciences Hamish Ross

Part III: Changes in Curriculum for Environmental Education

16. Environmental and health education viewed from an action-oriented perspective: a case from Denmark Bjarne Bruun Jensen

17. Implementing curriculum guidance on environmental education: the importance of teachers’ beliefs D.R.E. Cotton

18. Curriculum change and climate change: Inside outside pressures in higher education Shireen J. Fahey

19. Towards a socially critical environmental education: water quality studies in a coastal school Annette Greenall Gough and Ian Robottom

20. Teacher receptivity to curriculum change in the implementation stage: the case of environmental education in Hong Kong John Chi-Kin Lee

21. Complementary curriculum: the work of ecologically minded teachers Christy M. Moroye

Conclusion: Curriculum, critique and crisis in environmental education Alan Reid

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Alan Reid is Editor of the research journal, Environmental Education Research. He conducts a wide range of studies focused on teachers’ thinking and practice in environmental and sustainability education, and associated traditions, capacities and issues in theory, research and practice. His recent work considers the history and possible futures of the field.