Familiarity breeds context: delivering environmental education through local awareness

Dale, Michele, and Carlisle, Moni (2008) Familiarity breeds context: delivering environmental education through local awareness. In: Environmental Education up the Track: Hot Topics for our Community. pp. 21-27. From: 15th Biennial National Conference of the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE), 9-12 July 2008, Darwin, NT, Australia.

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With community concerns about environmental issues such as global warming receiving scientific and political priority, there is a corresponding demand for mainstream environmental education initiatives. The plethora of information available regarding broad environmental issues can be intimidating to educators keen to foster an informed sense of stewardship in their students. We discuss how using local examples to illustrate more general environmental science provides a sensible and necessary approach to environmental education. Natural resource management based on sound science requires a knowledge of local biodiversity and sustainable agriculture. We present a case study in Far North Queensland where the Regional NRM body (Terrain NRM) facilitates partnerships with community and industry groups to provide teachers with access to relevant and accurate information, providing support and building capacity for educators. We describe how local learnings at the catchment scale build social capital around community awareness and vitality.

Item ID: 54108
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-9578335-2-4
Keywords: natural resource management; capacity building; education; natural histroy; local environment; sustainable agriculture
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2018 23:36
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050203 Environmental Education and Extension @ 80%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 80%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960812 Urban and Industrial Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 20%
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