Education for Sustainability

 

Background

A Questioning Framework for Shaping Environmental Literacy
by Earthlore Associates and The Center for Environmental Education of Antioch New England Institute

An introduction and manual for Question-Based Framework for Shaping Environmental Literacy. Use this to learn more about these concepts and as a guide to using the Question-Based Framework in the classroom.

Benchmarks on the Way to Environmental Literacy: K-12
by Benchmarks for Environmental Literacy Project of the Massachusetts Secretaries Advisory Group on Environmental Education (SAGEE)

This resource was created for Educators and Youth Organization Leaders, offering more information on important benchmarks for education for sustainability in the K-12 education system. Massachusetts SAGEE addresses learning goals and objectives as tools to be used in designing formal and non-formal curricula and programs.

Environmental Literacy Scope and Sequence: Providing a Systems Approach to Environmental Education in Minnesota
by Pam Landers, Mike Naylon, Annette Drewes et al.

An excellent introduction to environmental literacy, this article provides clear explanation of what environmental literacy is, why it is important and what needs to be done to promote progress. Here you will gain a full grasp of the framework for developing successful environmental education, rooted in environmental literacy benchmarks and key systems concepts.

 

Research

Back to School: Back Outside! How Outdoor Education and Outdoor School Time Create High Performance Students
by Kevin J. Coyle, National Wildlife Federation

This report focuses on the importance of outdoor learning programs. This summary of available studies on the role of outdoor learning programs and play time in furthering children's overall education highlights the benefits to lifelong learning skills, prospects for career success and school test scores. These studies show the danger of increasing indoor learning time and decreasing outdoor time.

Closing the Achievement Gap: Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning
by Dr. Gerald A. Lieberman and Linda L. Hoody

In addition to a thorough explanation of the basic concepts of EIC (environment as an integrated context for learning), this report documents the results of a study created by the State Education and Environment Roundtable to identify the most innovative and successful programs, describe their effectiveness, and analyze their commonalities and differences. This is a great resource for anybody interested in learning more about EIC and its benefits as well as anyone looking to learn from research on existing EIC methods and their impacts on the various realms of learning (math, science, language arts, thinking skills, etc.).

Report Card on the Status of Environmental Education in Washington State As requested by the Washington State Legislature

Using two years of statewide surveys, community meetings and one-on-one interviews, this report card summarizes the status of environmental education in Washington. The report evaluates effectiveness of environmental education in improving students' standardized test scores, legal and academic foundations of environmental education, innovative approaches to environmental education, general awareness of environmental education, and state support of environmental education. These assessments are complimented by thorough explanations, recommendations and powerful environmental education photography!

Understanding Environmental Literacy in America and Making it a Reality
by Kevin J. Coyle

Coyle's study explores the status of Environmental Education in America. He focuses on the necessity to develop environmental literacy and looks at what we know today about the state of environmental knowledge in America, why we know what we do and how that knowledge is developed, as well as research on how educational programming affects students' academic performance.

 

 

 

 
     

     

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