International Perspectives on the Theory and Practice of Environmental Education: A Reader

  • Giuliano Reis
  • Jeff Scott

Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Giuliano Reis, Jeff Scott, Mira Freiman
    Pages 1-15
  3. Environmental Education and Teacher Education

  4. Environmental Education Outside Walls

  5. Environmental Education in the Context of Schools

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Constantinos Yanniris, Myrto Kalliopi Garis
      Pages 117-129
    3. Benjamin C. Herman, Troy D. Sadler, Dana L. Zeidler, Mark H. Newton
      Pages 145-161
    4. Qin Chengqiang, Xiong Ying, Feng Yan, Li Tian
      Pages 179-191
  6. Environmental Education Research and Poetry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Astrid Steele, Wafaa Mohammed Moawad Abd–El–Aal
      Pages 195-207
    3. Luiz Marcelo de Carvalho, Heluane Aparecida Lemos de Souza
      Pages 209-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-236

About this book


The present book shares critical perspectives on the conceptualization, implementation, discourses, policies, and alternative practices of environmental education (EE) for diverse and unique groups of learners in a variety of international educational settings. Each contribution offers insights on the authors’ own processes of re-imagining an education in/about/for the environment that are realized through their teaching, research and other ways of “doing” EE. Overall, environmental education has been aimed at giving people a wider appreciation of the diversity of cultural and environmental systems around them as well as the urge to overcome existing problems. In this context, universities, schools, and community-based organizations struggle to promote sustainable environmental education practices geared toward the development of ecologically literate citizens in light of surmountable challenges of hyperconsumerism, environmental depletion and socioeconomic inequality. The extent that individuals within educational systems are expected to effectively respond to—as well as benefit from—a “greener” and more just world becomes paramount with the vision and analysis of different successes and challenges embodied by EE efforts worldwide. This book fosters conversations amongst researchers, teacher educators, schoolteachers, and community leaders in order to promote new international collaborations around current and potential forms of environmental education.

This book reflects many successful international projects and perspectives on the theory and praxis of environmental education. An eclectic mix of international scholars challenge environmental educators to engage issues of reconciliation of correspondences and difference across regions. In their own ways, authors stimulate critical conversations that seem pivotal for necessary re-imaginings of research and pedagogy across the grain of cultural and ecological realities, systematic barriers and reconceptualizations of environmental education. The book is most encouraging in that it works to expand the creative commons for progress in teaching, researching and doing environmental education in desperate times.

— Paul Hart, Professor of Science and Environmental Education at the University of Regina (Canada), Melanson Award for outstanding contributions to environmental and outdoor education (Saskatchewan Outdoor and Environmental Education Association) and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)’s Jeske Award for Leadership and Service to the Field of EE and Outstanding Contributions to Research in EE.

In an attempt to overcome simplistic and fragmented views of doing Environmental Education in both formal and informal settings, the collected authors from several countries/continents present a wealth of cultural, social, political, artistic, pedagogical, and ethical perspectives that enrich our vision on the theoretical and practical foundations of the field. A remarkable book that I suggest all environmental educators, teacher educators, policy and curricular writers read and present to their students in order to foster dialogue around innovative ways of experiencing an education about/in/for the environment.

— Rute Monteiro, Professor of Science Education, Universidade do Algarve/ University of Algarve (Portugal).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Giuliano Reis
    • 1
  • Jeff Scott
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.School of EducationNipissing University North BayCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-67731-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-67732-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-7307
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-7315
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