About this book
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.
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
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).