Contextualising the Teaching and Learning of Ecology: Historical and Philosophical Considerations

  • Ageliki Lefkaditou
  • Konstantinos Korfiatis
  • Tasos Hovardas


Ecology has gradually gained salience during the last few decades and ecological issues, including land use changes, global warming, biodiversity loss, food shortage, and so forth, seem to be gaining public attention. Though philosophers of science had given little attention to ecology, there is a lot of interesting work being currently pursued in philosophy of ecology and environmental philosophy. As Colyvan and colleagues put it, “ecology is an important and fascinating branch of biology, with distinctive philosophical issues” (Colyvan et al. 2009, p. 21). Given its conceptual and methodological familiarity with the social sciences, ecology occupies a unique position among other disciplines (Cooper 2003).


Science Education Scientific Practice Ecological Literacy Ecological Concept Philosophical Consideration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ageliki Lefkaditou
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Korfiatis
    • 2
  • Tasos Hovardas
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Philosophy, Religion and History of ScienceUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of CyprusNikosiaCyprus
  3. 3.Department of Primary EducationUniversity of ThessalyVolosGreece

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