Convergence between science and environmental education

Wals, Arjen E.J., Brody, Michael, Dillon, Justin, and Stevenson, Robert B. (2014) Convergence between science and environmental education. Science, 344 (6184). pp. 583-584.

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Abstract

Urgent issues such as climate change, food scarcity, malnutrition, and loss of biodiversity are highly complex and contested in both science and society (1). To address them, environmental educators and science educators seek to engage people in what are commonly referred to as sustainability challenges. Regrettably, science education (SE), which focuses primarily on teaching knowledge and skills, and environmental education (EE), which also stresses the incorporation of values and changing behaviors, have become increasingly distant. The relationship between SE and EE has been characterized as "distant, competitive, predatorprey and host-parasite" (2). We examine the potential for a convergence of EE and SE that might engage people in addressing fundamental socioecological challenges.

Item ID: 33132
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1095-9203
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2014 23:31
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 60%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 20%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 80%
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