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Teaching Environmental Literacy

Edited By: Heather L Reynolds, Eduardo S Brondizio and Jennifer Meta Robinson

216 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

Indiana University Press

Paperback | Feb 2010 | #195437 | ISBN-13: 9780253221506
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Hardback | Feb 2010 | #182654 | ISBN-13: 9780253354099
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To prepare today's students to meet growing global environmental challenges, colleges and universities must make environmental literacy a core learning goal for all students, in all disciplines. But what should an environmentally literate citizen know? What teaching and learning strategies are most effective in helping students think critically about human-environment interactions and sustainability, and integrate what they have learned in diverse settings? Educators from the natural and social sciences and the humanities discuss the critical content, skills, and affective qualities essential to environmental literacy. This volume is an invaluable resource for developing integrated, campus-wide programs to prepare students to think critically about, and to work to create, a sustainable society.

This collection is an invaluable resource for developing integrated, campus-wide programs to prepare students to think critically about, and to work to create, a sustainable society.
- Abstracts of Public Administration, Development, and Environment , 2010

"Anyone reading this book will walk away with ideas for how to address the most critical issue of the 21st century in his or her classroom. For that reason, I recommend this book for a much larger audience than college and university faculty. Even educators who work with our youngest children will find fodder in this book for self-reflection about what, why, and how to teach. I recommend it for teachers of all stripes who work to promote a sustainable future for our children."
- National Science Teachers Association , July 2011

"[This] book is well written, engaging, thought provoking, and refreshingly free of errors. A particularly detailed and effective index is provided, as is an appendix. The volume is both inspirational and functional."
- BioScience , August 2011, Vol. 61 No. 8


Introduction: The Rationale for Teaching Environmental Literacy in Higher Education

Part 1. A Model for Grassroots, Multidisciplinary Faculty Inquiry

Part 2. Core Learning Goals for Campus-wide Environmental Literacy
1. At the Forest's Edge: A Place-Based Approach to Teaching Ecosystem Services
2. Population, Energy, and Sustainability
3. Population, Consumption, and Environment
4. Economics and Sustainability
5. A Sense of Place
6. Environmental Justice and a Sense of Place
7. Environmental Literacy and the Lifelong Cultivation of Wonder
8. Teaching Environmental Communication Through Rhetorical Controversy

Part 3. Strategies for Teaching Environmental Literacy: Beyond the Traditional Classroom
9. Effective Education for Environmental Literacy
10. Learning in Place: The Campus as Ecosystem
11. Environmental Literacy and Service-Learning: A Multi-Text Rendering
12. Sense of Place and the Physical Senses in Outdoor Environmental Learning
13. A Natural Environment for Environmental Literacy
14. Teaching Outdoors

Part 4. Beyond Courses: Teaching Environmental Literacy Across Campus and Across the Curriculum
15. Environmental Literacy and the Curriculum--An Administrative Perspective
16. Faculty, Staff, and Student Partnerships for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
17. Food for Thought: A Multidisciplinary Faculty Grassroots Initiative for Sustainability and Service-Learning



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Heather L. Reynolds is Associate Professor of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington.

Eduardo S. Brondizio is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington.

Jennifer Meta Robinson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington and former Director of Campus Instructional Consulting. She is author (with J. A. Hartenfeld) of The Farmers' Market Book: Growing Food, Cultivating Community (IUP, 2007).

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