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

Edited By Ken Winograd Copyright 2016
    302 Pages
    by Routledge

    302 Pages
    by Routledge

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    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.




    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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    About the Authors



    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