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1st Edition

Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice

ISBN 9781138673090
Published January 24, 2017 by Routledge
300 Pages

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Book Description

Given the urgency of environmental problems, how we communicate about our ecological relations is crucial. Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice is concerned with ways to help learners effectively navigate and consciously contribute to the communication shaping our environmental present and future.

The book brings together international educators working from a variety of perspectives to engage both theory and application. Contributors address how pedagogy can stimulate ecological wakefulness, support diverse and praxis-based ways of learning, and nurture environmental change agents. Additionally, the volume responds to a practical need to increase teaching effectiveness of environmental communication across disciplines by offering a repertoire of useful learning activities and assignments. Altogether, it provides an impetus for reflection upon and enhancement of our own practice as environmental educators, practitioners, and students.

Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice is an essential resource for those working in environmental communication, environmental and sustainability studies, environmental journalism, environmental planning and management, environmental sciences, media studies and cultural studies, as well as communication subfields such as rhetoric, conflict and mediation, and intercultural. The volume is also a valuable resource for environmental communication professionals working with communities and governmental and non-governmental environmental organisations.

Table of Contents

Introducing Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice Tema Milstein, Mairi Pileggi, & Eric Morgan

Section One: (Re)conceptualizing the Environmental Communication Classroom

Chapter 1. From Negotiation to Advocacy: Linking Two Approaches to Teaching Environmental Rhetoric. Garret Stack and Linda Flower

Chapter 2. Pedagogy as Environmental Communication: The Rhetorical Situations of the Classroom. Jessica Prody

Chapter 3. Environmental Communication Pedagogy: A Survey of the Field. Joy Hamilton and Mark Pedelty

Chapter 4. Breathing Life into Learning: Ecocultural Pedagogy and the Inside-Out Classroom. Tema Milstein, Maryam Alhinai, José Castro, Stephen Griego, Jeff Hoffmann, Melissa M. Parks, Maggie Siebert, and Mariko Thomas.

Section Two: Diverse Practices in Teaching Environmental Communication

Chapter 5. The Role of Social Constructionism as a Reflexive Tool in Environmental Communication Education. Lars Hallgren

Chapter 6. "Deep Impressions": The Promise and Possibilities of Intercultural Experiential Learning for Environmental Literacy and Language Attitudes. Aaron Philips

Chapter 7. Further Afield: Performance Pedagogy, Fieldwork, and Distance Learning in Environmental Communication Courses. Mark Pedelty and Joy Hamilton

Chapter 8. Arts-Based Research in the Pedagogy of Environmental Communication. Geo Takach

Chapter 9. Developing Visual Literacy Skills for Environmental Communication. Antonio Lopez

Chapter 10. Teaching Environmental Journalism Though Distance Education. Gabi Mocatta

Section Three: Transformative Practice: Nurturing Change Agents

Chapter 11. Changing Our Environmental Future: Student Praxis Through Community Inquiry. Eli Typhina

Chapter 12. Storytelling as Action. Mairi Pileggi and Eric Morgan

Chapter 13. Insider Windows in Nepal: A Critical Pedagogy for Empowering Environmental Change Agents. Grady Walker

Chapter 14. Repair Cafés - Reflecting on Materiality and Consumption in Environmental Communication. Sigrid Kannengießer

Chapter 15. Cultivating Pride: Transformative Leadership and Capacity Building in the Rare-UTEP Partnership. Carlos A. Tarin, Sarah D. Upton, Stacey K. Sowards, Kenneth C. C. Yang

Section Four: Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice Toolbox

Chapter 16. "Moral Vision Statement" Writing Assignment Instructions for Students. Carrie P. Freeman

Chapter 17. Environmental Privilege Walk: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. Tema Milstein and Stephen Griego

Chapter 18. An Experiential Approach to Environmental Communication. Emily Plec.

Chapter 19. Greening Epideictic Speech. Jake Dionne

Chapter 20. Praxis-based environmental communication training: Innovative activities for building core capacities. Bridie McGreavy, Caroline Gottschalk Druschke, Leah Sprain, Jessica L. Thompson, Laura Lindenfeld

Chapter 21. Image(ination) and Motivation: Challenging Definitions and Inspiring Environmental Stakeholders. Mary Stroud

Chapter 22. Using Infographics. Antonio Lopez

Chapter 23. News Media Analysis. Carrie P. Freeman

Chapter 24. Newschart Assignment. Karey Harrison

Chapter 25. Speaking for/to/as Nature. Maggie Siebert

Chapter 26. Creating Emotional Proximity with Environment. Maria Clara Valencia

Chapter 27. Growing up with Animals (on screens). Gabi Hadl

Chapter 28. The Student-Run Environmental Communication Blog. Katherine Cruger

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Tema Milstein is Presidential Teaching Fellow at the University of New Mexico, USA. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism, and Affiliate Faculty in the Geography and Environmental Studies Department, as well as the Sustainability Studies Program.

Mairi Pileggi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, and Director of the Gender Studies Program at Dominican University of California, USA.

Eric Morgan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University, USA.


In summary, Environmental Communication Pedagogy and Practice promises to be a welcome resource for both educators and researchers in making accessible first-hand accounts of transformational EC practices and in the heuristic value of these accounts in responding to what its authors rightly believe are exigencies that call for awareness and intervention in public arenas. As such, this volume warrants serious attention from those who are committed to the ideals of ‘transformative learning’ and the cultivation of ‘ecological citizenship’.
James Robert Cox, University of North Carolina, Environmental Education Research Journaul