Environmental Education in Indonesia: Creating Responsible Citizens in the Global South?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Environmental Education in Indonesia

Creating Responsible Citizens in the Global South?, 1st Edition

By Lyn Parker, Kelsie Prabawa-Sear


304 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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Indonesia’s wealth of natural resources is being exploited at breakneck speed, and environmental awareness and knowledge among the populace is limited. This book examines how young people learn about the environment to see how education can help to develop environmental awareness and avert vast environmental destruction, not only in Indonesia, but also in the Global South more generally.

Based on in-depth studies conducted in the cities of Yogyakarta and Surabaya, complemented with surveys of students in secondary schools, Environmental Education in Indonesia examines educational curricula, pedagogy and ‘green’ activities to reveal what is currently being done in schools to educate children about the environment. The book investigates the shortcomings in environment education, including underqualified teachers, the civil service mentality, the still-pervasive chalk-and-talk pedagogy and the effect of the examination system. It also analyses the role of local government in supporting (or not) environmental education, and the contribution of environmental NGOs. The book establishes that young people are not currently being exposed to effective environmental education, and the authors propose that the best and most culturally appropriate way forward in Indonesia is to frame pro-environment behaviour and responsibility as a form of citizenship, and specifically that environmental education should be taught as a separate subject.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of contemporary Indonesia and Southeast Asia, education for sustainability and environmental education, as well as sustainability and sustainable development more generally.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Theorising Responsible Environmental Citizenship

3. Introducing Environmental Education

4. Introducing Indonesia

5. Education in Indonesia

6. Religious Environmental Education?

7. Is Anyone Responsible for the Environment in Yogyakarta?

8. Hollow Environmental Education in Yogyakarta

9. A Coordinated Approach to Environmental Education in Surabaya

10. Environmentality in Surabaya?

11. Young People as Environmental Subjects? Identity, Behaviour and Responsibility

12. Conclusion, and A Way Forward


About the Authors

Lyn Parker is Professor of Asian Studies in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia. She is the author/editor of numerous titles, including Adolescents in Contemporary Indonesia (with Nilan, Routledge, 2013), Contestations over Gender in Asia (with Dales, Routledge, 2015) and Women and Work in Indonesia (with Ford, Routledge 2008).

Kelsie Prabawa-Sear has recently completed her PhD in Anthropology & Asian Studies in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia. Her research was on environmental education in Indonesia, and in particular in schools in Java. She is now working as Manager of Environmental Education at Perth Zoo.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Social Science
NATURE / Ecology
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries