Researching Environmental Learning

  • Mark RickinsonEmail author
  • Cecilia Lundholm
  • Nick Hopwood

Having explored the nature and characteristics of environmental learning, in this chapter we move on to consider the ways in which researchers have sought to explore different aspects of this topic over recent years. We identify three contrasting research approaches within the literature (researching learners, measuring outcomes, exploring processes) and discuss recent work on students’ environmental learning experiences as one example of the third category. The chapter ends with a brief overview of what we know about learners and learning in environmental education within formal settings.

Environmental Learning – An Emerging Research Topic

The first point to make about researching environmental learning is that it has only fairly recently emerged as a topic of concern amongst environmental education researchers. As noted in our opening chapter, environmental learning has been a topic that has been noticeable by its absence within the research journals in environmental education for...


Environmental Learning Environmental Education Field Trip Secondary School Student Environmental Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Rickinson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cecilia Lundholm
    • 2
  • Nick Hopwood
    • 3
  1. 1.Oxford University and Policy Studies InstituteWallingfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Education and Stockholm Resilience CentreStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  3. 3.Centre for Excellence in Preparing for Academic PracticeOxford Learning InstituteOxfordUK

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