Teaching for EcoJustice: Curriculum and Lessons for Secondary and College Classrooms, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Teaching for EcoJustice

Curriculum and Lessons for Secondary and College Classrooms, 1st Edition

By Rita J. Turner


236 pages

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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.


"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

Table of Contents




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


About the Author

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDUCATION / Multicultural Education
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects