The Environment

  • Tobias Ide
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Abstract

Engagement with school textbooks is promising in research on environmental issues because textbooks are indicative of dominant discourses and contribute to the transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next. The first part of this chapter assesses the theoretical and empirical relevance of school textbook analysis for three environment-related fields of study: environmental education, disaster education, and critical geopolitics. This section also critically discusses the methods employed for this research. The second part of the chapter suggests promising directions for future research in the three fields of study previously discussed. It also outlines how a focus on school textbooks can enrich other key debates in environment-related social science research, for instance, on environmental governance, environmental security, mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tobias Ide
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  1. 1.Georg Eckert Institute - Leibniz-Institute for International Textbook ResearchBraunschweigGermany

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