Encyclopedia of Science Education

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Environmental Education and Science Education

  • Paul HartEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6165-0_388-1

Over the past half century, environmental education (EE) has evolved as a field of professional practice in response to widespread sociocultural concerns about an increasingly serious array of environmental problems. Historically, public awareness and concern grew in parallel with accumulating scientific evidence of incipient ecological degradation, population-resource issues, and a broadening range of threats to the quality of life and the sustainability of ecosystems. It seems no mere coincidence that ecological science expanded during this time and gained credibility within the academy. In 1969 the first issue of the Journal of Environmental Educationprovided educational coherence to assorted environmental interests in publishing definitional statements for a new interdisciplinary field and in articulating the need for a new environmental ethic and alternative/critical approaches to education, curriculum, and pedagogy based on promoting fundamental changes in human attitudes,...


Science Education Environmental Education Environmental Justice Critical Pedagogy Science Education Literature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Science EducationUniversity of ReginaReginaCanada