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Environmental Education in New Zealand

  • Kerry ShephardEmail author
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Part of the Education for Sustainability book series (EDFSU)

Abstract

We take a stroll through some of my personal experiences of environmental education via family, school and lifestyle, and make some links to New Zealand’s 1998 National Strategy for Environmental Education and our changes in 2018 for something better. We explore the nature of environmental education in New Zealand’s schools drawing from published research, and ask ‘What is really going on here?’ Through the lens of environmental education, we explore the nature of education for values, roles for higher education, new proposals in 2016 and the national situation in 2018.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Higher Education Development CentreUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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