The articles in this collection examine the issues arising from the use and abuse of the term "ecology" in environmental education to encourage ecologists to become more engaged with education at all levels. Although great efforts have been made to improve understanding of the environment via programs offered by educational establishments, government agencies and others, it is sometimes perceived that environmental "education" actually entails the "advocacy" of particular values and beliefs.
Contributors; Preface; 1. Changing perspectives of ecology and education in environmental education M. J. Mappin and E. A. Johnson; Part I. Changing Perspectives of Ecology: 2. Scientific ecology and ecological ethics: the challenges of drawing ethical conclusions from scientific facts J. R. Des Jardins; 3. Changing academic perspectives of ecology: a view from within J. Kolasa and S. T. A. Pickett; 4. The role of learned societies, government agencies, NGOs, advocacy groups, schools, and environmental educators in shaping public understanding of ecology D. R. Slingsby and S. Barker; Part II. Changing Perspectives of Education: 5. Education and advocacy: a troubling relationship B. Jickling; 6. Changing academic perspectives in environmental education research and practice: progress and promise J. A. Palmer and J. C. Birch; 7. The purposes of environmental education: perspectives of teachers, governmental agencies, NGOs, professional societies and advocacy groups J. F. Disinger; Part III. Assessing Changing Perspectives in Ecology and Education: 8. Developing guidelines for environmental education in the United States: the national project for excellence in environmental education B. Simmons; 9. Assessing the educational dimension of environmental education resources provided by non-formal groups D. L. Haury; 10. Assessing the science dimension of environmental issues through environmental education S. D. Kolsto; Part IV. Integrating Changing Perspectives of Ecology, Education and Action: 11. A framework for integrating ecological literacy, civics literacy and environmental citizenship in environmental education M. E. Krasny and R. Bonney; 12. Integrating education and action in environmental education M. McClaren and B. Hammond; 13. Environmental education through citizen science and participatory action research M. E. Krasny and R. Bonney; Index.
"There is a need to clarify the distinction between the role of ecological science and that of social and political values for environmental education. This collection addresses this need by examining the changing perspectives of ecology in education and of education in environmental science."
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