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EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism

Situated Tensions for Science Education

  • Cutting edge theory and practice around the emerging trends of ecojustice, citizen science and youth activism

  • Illuminates theoretical and research directions for science education with emphasis on environmental philosophy

  • Promotes new international collaborations around environmental education and the public understanding of science

  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Environmental Discourses in Science Education (EDSE, volume 1)

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv
  2. A Life in Relation to the Broader Stroke of Education

    • Princess Lucaj, Michael P. Mueller, Deborah J. Tippins
    Pages 1-7
  3. Ecojustice Section

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Together We Look for Answers

      • Eduardo Dopico Rodríguez
      Pages 11-17
    3. Provoking EcoJustice—Taking Citizen Science and Youth Activism Beyond the School Curriculum

      • Giuliano Reis, Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Lisa Glithero
      Pages 39-61
    4. The Sustainable Farm School—Waldorf Philosophy and EcoJustice Theory in Aesthetic Contexts

      • Kurt A. Love, Audra King, Katie L. Love, Kimberly Gill
      Pages 63-82
    5. Drawing on Place and Culture for Climate Change Education in Native Communities

      • Anne L. Kern, Gillian H. Roehrig, Devarati Bhattacharya, Jeremy Y. Wang, Frank A. Finley, Bree J. Reynolds et al.
      Pages 121-138
    6. Art to Capture Learning About the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem – Why a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

      • Michael W. Dentzau, Alejandro José Gallard Martínez
      Pages 139-170
  4. Citizen Science Section

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 177-177
    2. The Commonplaces of Schooling and Citizen Science

      • Xavier Fazio, Douglas Doug Karrow
      Pages 179-191
    3. Teaching with Citizen Science—It’s More than Just Putting Out Fires!

      • Stacey A. Britton, Deborah J. Tippins
      Pages 207-222
    4. Carrizo Springs, Texas—The Story of the Systems Academy of Young Scientists (SAYS)

      • P. Elizabeth Pate, Andrea Guerrero, Debby F. Dobie
      Pages 223-245
    5. Why the Secret of the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont Should Influence Science Education—Connecting People and Nature

      • Lynda L. Jenkins, Ryan M. Walker, Zena Tenenbaum, Kim Cleary Sadler, Cathy Wissehr
      Pages 265-279

About this book

This volume draws on the ecojustice, citizen science and youth activism literature base in science education and applies the ideas to situated tensions as they are either analyzed theoretically or praxiologically within science education pedagogy. It uses ecojustice to evaluate the holistic connections between cultural and natural systems, environmentalism, sustainability and Earth-friendly marketing trends, and introduces citizen science and youth activism as two of the pedagogical ways ecojustice philosophy can be enacted. It also comprises evidence-based practice with international service, community embedded curriculum, teacher preparation, citizen monitoring and community activism, student-scientist partnerships, socioscientific issues, and new avenues for educational research.


  • EcoJustice
  • citizen science
  • elementary education
  • environmental education
  • environmental literacy
  • environmental sciences
  • post-secondary education
  • science education
  • secondary education
  • social justice education
  • teacher education
  • youth activism


Mueller and Tippins have edited a timely book and the first one of the new Springer Book Series Environmental Discourses in Science Education addressing the urgent need to bridge environmental education and science education. This collection pulls together a diversity of reflections and experiences in a brilliant attempt to establish synchrony between ecojustice philosophy, youth activism and citizen science: three areas that have become an important locus for critical science education at present. I believe this book can strongly contribute to the never ending debate on scientific literacy by providing new views and experiences highlighting alternative ways of doing science education.

Mariona Espinet, Science and Mathematics Education Department, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

The authors of this book are all pioneers in meaningful educational transformation. The stories they tell, and the forms these stories take, are incredibly diverse and inspiring—ranging from the pedagogies of farming in Appalachia and New England, to the politics of systems thinking in Texas just north of the Mexican border, to climate change pedagogies in Native communities. As the authors point out, each of these local stories of change has global significance. What holds it all together is an ethic of ecojustice. Here the authors skillfully demonstrate the necessity and power of bridging social and ecological vision in a wide variety of educational contexts in need of change. 

David A. Greenwood, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

Ecojustice, Citizen, and Youth Activism: Situated Tensions for Science Education, the first book in the series Environmental Discourses in Science Education, speaks to all types of educators—teachers, students, parents, citizens.  It is a call for the restoration of curiosity, diversity, and value systems that embrace person, social, and civic responsibility for the Earth, including both human and non-human species.  This collection of inspirational essays, personal narratives and empirical research provides rich examples of how interdisciplinary and intergenerational groups engage simultaneously in meaningful learning and advocacy through projects that are situated in a range of cultures and contexts.  This book undoubtedly will inspire and inform conversations about a future for science education that awakens our individual and collective critical understanding of and engagement in local, national, and global ecojustice issues.

Lynn A. Bryan, Professor of Science Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA


At last, science educators are breaking down the rigid walls of their discipline and embracing the world at large, developing socially responsible science curricula and pedagogies for the 21st Century. Driven by a moral commitment to sustaining the cultural and environmental heritage of the planet, eco-conscious science educators worldwide are empowering young people to become environmental activists and stewards. The visionary contributors to this timely book present a broad range of ecojustice inspired science programs for schools, universities and local communities. This book is a rich resource for science educators preparing future citizens with higher-level abilities for participating in the global agenda of sustainable development.


Peter Charles Taylor, Professor of STEAM Education, Murdoch University, Australia


Editors and Affiliations

  • College of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, USA

    Michael P. Mueller

  • Mathematics and Science Education, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

    Deborah J. Tippins

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-11608-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)