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Education in Times of Environmental Crises
Teaching Children to Be Agents of Change

Edited By

Ken Winograd

ISBN 9781138944367
Published April 20, 2016 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

The core assumption of this book is the interconnectedness of humans and nature, and that the future of the planet depends on humans’ recognition and care for this interconnectedness. This comprehensive resource supports the work of pre-service and practicing elementary teachers as they teach their students to be part of the world as engaged citizens, advocates for social and ecological justice.

Challenging readers to more explicitly address current environmental issues with students in their classrooms, the book presents a diverse set of topics from a variety of perspectives. Its broad social/cultural perspective emphasizes that social and ecological justice are interrelated. Coverage includes descriptions of environmental education pedagogies such as nature-based experiences and place-based studies; peace-education practices; children doing environmental activism; and teachers supporting children emotionally in times of climate disruption and tumult. The pedagogies described invite student engagement and action in the public sphere. Children are represented as ‘agents of change’ engaged in social and environmental issues and problems through their actions both local and global.

Table of Contents




Bill McKibben


Section I Setting the Stage for Elementary Teachers, with Eyes Wide Open

1 Teaching in Times of Environmental Crises: What on Earth are Elementary Teachers to Do?

Ken Winograd

2 Loving and Protecting Earth, Our Home

Nel Noddings

3 A Twilight Dance in the Snow: Thinking about Environmental Identity Development

Carie Green and Michael Brody

Section II Place-based Education: From Appreciation of Nature to Community Activism

4 Learning Care for the Earth with Krishnamurti

Simon Boxley, Gopal Krishnamurthy, and Mary-Ann Ridgway

5 Sowing Seeds of Stewardship through Intergenerational Gardening

Jolie Mayer-Smith and Linda Peterat

6 The Naturalist-in-Residence: Learning with Students and Teachers in the Outdoors

Ted Watt

7 A-ha! Animal habitat art: Creating Connections in, about, and through Art and Nature

Geraldine Burke

8 Honoring the Sacred Land: Students in Conversation

Linda Wason-Ellam

9 Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Children to Engage with Climate Change Education

Candice Satchwell

10 Acts of Resistance: Decolonizing Classroom Practice through Place-Based Education

Christy Radbourne

11 "Dapto Dreaming": A Place-based Environmental Education Project Supporting Children to be Agents of Change

Karen Malone

Section III Teaching Peace

12 Nurturing Social and Ecological Relationships: The Contribution of Conflict Resolution Education

Rhys Kelly

13 An Ethics-based Pedagogy

Ben Paxton, Ingrid Hakala, and Sahtiya Hammell

14 Environmental Ethics: Reflections on Valuing Nature Rightly

Allen Thompson

Section IV Children’s Activism: From the Local to the Global

15 The New Realism: A Rationale for Supporting Children’s Climate Activism

Hilary Whitehouse

16 Urgent Global Problems Require Teacher Agency

Julie Andrzejewski

17 Teaching Climate Change with Hope and Solutions: Lessons from a Film Project

Lynne Cherry

Section V Explicit Teaching to Support Children’s Emotions and Resilience

18 Supporting Children Emotionally in Times of Climate Disruption: Teaching Practices and Strategies

Molly Young Brown

19 Preparing Children for the Emotional Challenges of Climate Change: A Review of the Research

Maria Ojala

20 Rescuing the Earth through Small World Play

Sharon Witt and Helen Clarke

21 Children as Change Agents in Reducing Risks of Disasters

Mayeda Rashid, Kevin R. Ronan, and Briony Towers

Section VI Opportunities for Professional Development: Teachers Moving Ahead, with Urgency

22 Cultivating Curriculum Wisdom: Meeting the Professional Development Challenges of the Environmental Crisis

Kathleen Kesson

23 A Rural Girl’s Global View on the Environmental Challenge: Advice for Elementary Teachers

Amy Krol

24 : There’s No Time to Waste: Teachers, Act with Courage and Conviction!

Ken Winograd

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Ken Winograd is Associate Professor, College of Education, Oregon State University, USA.


"In summary, Education in Times of Environmental Crises is an important, rigorous, empowering book that provides the notions and guidance for environmentalists who are seeking new ways to create  awareness  and  consciousness  raising  that  will  lead  to  action  and  change.  Instead  of  throwing  mere  facts  and  numbers  about  our  endangered  planet,  contributors  discuss  methods  and  real-life  experiences  centred  on  environmental  education  and  citizenship  studies,  with  an  insistence on the local scene dynamics and issues. Advanced undergraduates and students in higher  levels  would  also  benefit  from  these  strong  case  studies;  many  of  those  essays  are  so  rigorous they could serve as templates for future research in other settings. Elementary schools and university libraries (in English-speaking institutions) should own a copy of it."— Yves Laberge, Electronic Green Journal

"This book is an enjoyable read, with many articles using case studies or vignettes to convey their story. As such, it would be beneficial for any formal or non-formal educator who wishes to learn more about inspiring children to become the 'agents of change' during these challenging times." — Kim Zumach, Green Teacher