Excellent Environmental Education programs…
• Are credible, reputable, and based on solid facts, traditional knowledge or science.
• Have their values, biases, and assumptions made explicit.
• Involve a cycle of continual improvement that includes the processes of design, delivery, evaluation, and redesign.
• Are grounded in a real-world context that is specific to age, curriculum, and place.
• Encourage a personal affinity with the earth through practical experiences out-of-doors and through the practice of an ethic of care.
• Like the environment itself, programs transcend curricular boundaries, striving to integrate traditional subject areas and disciplines.
• Provide creative learning experiences that are hands-on and learner-centered, where students teach each other and educators are mentors and facilitators.
• Examine environmental problems and issues in a comprehensive manner that includes social, economic, political, moral, and ethical dimensions and the interdependence between these.
• Motivate and empower students through the provision of action skills and strategies for responsible citizenship.
• Promote an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.
Some thoughts on teaching, learning, and the process of communication. Posts on these pages are collected under the following categories:
Ambience: a grab-bag of words, sounds, and pictures.
Projects: completed works and works-in-progress.
School: items of educational interest.