The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education

The Inclusion of Environmental Education in Science Teacher Education


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In the coming decades, the general public will be required ever more often to understand complex environmental issues, evaluate proposed environmental plans, and understand how individual decisions affect the environment at local to global scales. Thus it is of fundamental importance to ensure that higher quality education about these ecological issues raises the environmental literacy of the general public. In order to achieve this, teachers need to be trained as well as classroom practice enhanced. This volume focuses on the integration of environmental education into science teacher education. The book begins by providing readers with foundational knowledge of environmental education as it applies to the discipline of science education. It relates the historical and philosophical underpinnings of EE, as well as current trends in the subject that relate to science teacher education. Later chapters examine the pedagogical practices of environmental education in the context of science teacher education. Case studies of environmental education teaching and learning strategies in science teacher education, and instructional practices in K-12 science classrooms, are included.

This book shares knowledge and ideas about environmental education pedagogy and serves as a reliable guide for both science teacher educators and K-12 science educators who wish to insert environmental education into science teacher education. Coverage includes everything from the methods employed in summer camps to the use of podcasting as a pedagogical aid. Studies have shown that schools that do manage to incorporate EE into their teaching programs demonstrate significant growth in student achievement as well as improved student behavior. This text argues that the multidisciplinary nature of environmental education itself requires problem-solving, critical thinking and literacy skills that benefit students’ work right across the curriculum.

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ISBN-13: 9789400798038
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Publication date: 11/05/2014
Series: ASTE Series in Science Education
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Alec M. Bodzin, Beth Shiner Klein, and Starlin Weaver


Chapter 1. The History and Philosophy of Environmental Education
Robert L. Carter and Bora Simmons

Chapter 2. Professional Preparation for Science Teachers in Environmental Education
James T. McDonald and Lynn A. Dominguez

Chapter 3. Approaches to Environmental Education
Austin A. Winther, Kim Cleary Sadler, and Gerry Saunders

Chapter 4. Environmental Education Within the Early Childhood
Linda Plevyak and Amy Mayfield

Chapter 5. Environmental Education Service-Learning in Science Teacher Education
Teddie Phillipson-Mower and April Dean Adams

Chapter 6. Beyond terra firma: Bringing Ocean and Aquatic Sciences to Environmental and Science Teacher Education
Diana L. Payne and Timothy D. Zimmerman


Section 1: Outdoor Learning and Place-Based Environments

Chapter 7. Promoting the Use of Outdoor Learning Spaces by K-12 Inservice Science Teachers Through an Outdoor Professional Development Experience
Mark A. Bloom, Molly Holden, April T. Sawey, and Molly H. Weinburgh

Chapter 8. Integrating Environmental Education Field Trip Pedagogy Into Science Teacher Preparation
Bryan Rebar and Larry G. Enochs

Chapter 9. “Eeew! There’s Dew On My Toes”: Common Characteristics of Preservice Elementary Teacher Learning in Environmental Education and Instructional Strategies for Science Teacher Educators
J. William Hug

Chapter 10. Name That Plant! Overcoming Plant Blindness and Developing a Sense of Place Using Science and Environmental Education
Jennifer Kreps Frisch, Matthew M. Unwin, and Gerald W. Saunders

Chapter 11. Place-Based Inquiry: Advancing Environmental Education in Science Teacher Preparation
Somnath Sarkar and Richard Frazier

Chapter 12. Summer Methods in Summer Camps: Teaching Projects WILD, WET, and Learning Tree at an Outdoor Environmental Education Center
Charles J. Eick, Doyle, E. Keasal, Karni Perez, and Sarah Carrier

Chapter 13. Teachers Connecting Urban Students to Their Environment
Sherri L. Brown, Nikki L. Votaw, and Thomas R. Tretter

Section 2: Instructional Strategies

Chapter 14. Exploring Preservice Teachers’ Mental Models of the Environment
Christine Moseley, Blanche Desjean-Perrotta, Courtney Crim

Chapter 15. Pedagogy, Environmental Education, and Context: Promoting Knowledge Through Concept Mapping
Barbara A Austin and Nina Schmidt

Chapter 16. Unraveling the Scientific, Social, Political and Economic Dimensions of Environmental Issues Through Role-Playing Simulations
James G. MaKinster

Chapter 17. Exploring Environmental Education Through Eco-feminism: Narratives of Embodiment of Science
M.E. Spencer and Sherry E. Nichols

Chapter 18. The Value of Non-formal Environmental Education-Based Professional Development in Preservice Science Teacher Preparation
Tamara E. Peffer and Alec M. Bodzin

Chapter 19. Using Environmental Education Project Curricula with Elementary Preservice Teachers
Adele C. Schepige, Patricia D. Morrell, Cindi Smith-Walters, Kim Cleary Sadler, Miriam Munck, and Donna Rainboth

Section 3: Technology

Chapter 20. Situated Learning in Environmental Education: Using Geospatial Technologies for Preservice Secondary Teachers
Rita A. Hagevik, Harriett S. Stubbs, and Diane C. Whitaker

Chapter 21. Using Podcasting to Address Nature-Deficit Disorder
Beth Shiner Klein and Starlin D. Weaver

Chapter 22. Integrating Web-based Activities and Site-based Experiences to Investigate Environmental Issues
Alec M. Bodzin

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