1st Edition

Teaching for EcoJustice Curriculum and Lessons for Secondary and College Classrooms

By Rita J. Turner Copyright 2015
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    Teaching for EcoJustice is a unique resource for exploring the social roots of environmental problems in humanities-based educational settings and a curriculum guidebook for putting EcoJustice Education into practice. It provides model curriculum materials that apply the principles of EcoJustice Education, giving pre- and in-service teachers the ability to review examples of specific secondary and post-secondary classroom assignments, lessons, discussion prompts, and strategies that encourage students to think critically about how modern problems of sustainability and environmental destruction have developed, their root causes, and how they can be addressed. The author describes instructional methods she uses when teaching each lesson and shares insights from evaluations of the materials in her classroom and by other teachers. Interspersed between lessons is commentary about the rationale behind the materials and observations about their effect on students.


    Introduction – Why Teach for EcoJustice? 
    Unit 1: Nature and the Self
    Unit 2: Language, Media, and Worldviews
    Unit 3: Place 
    Unit 4: Food
    Unit 5: Stuff – Production, Consumption, and Waste
    Unit 6: Environmental Attitudes and Behaviors in U.S.-American History
    Unit 7: Ethics and Environmental Justice
    Unit 8: Imagining Possible Futures
    Conclusion – Final Thoughts on the Lessons
    List of Readings


    Rita J. Turner, Ph.D., is a lecturer in American Studies and Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA.

    "This is a very timely book! The growing field of EcoJustice Education needs a book that helps teachers and teacher educators translate complex analytic material into classroom practices and lessons. We have been waiting for this book!"

    Rebecca Martusewicz, Eastern Michigan University, USA

    "This book translates academic and theoretical works on EcoJustice into accessible curricular materials designed to equip students to reflect critically on cultural roots of the environmental crisis unfolding on the planet. An important strength of the sample lesson plans is that they assume agency on the part of the teacher-reader to adjust these learning activities for student needs in specific contexts. Dr. Turner conveys a sense of respect for the teacher-reader’s professional judgment."

    Teresa Shume, Minnesota State University Moorhead, USA

    "This lively, relevant and timely text fills a need for practical work in EcoJustice Education."

    Audrey M. Dentith, Lesley University, USA