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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 24

Environmental Education

Paul Hart

University of Regina, Canada

The field of environmental education and associated research activities are experiencing a period of rapid growth as we settle into the new millennium. Many reasons are claimed to explain this relatively new focus, including increasingly more pervasive and global environmental issues, changing societal expectations, and educational reform. Societies are searching for new narratives that give guidance and inspiration to people and purpose to schooling. Within these narratives, that range from teaching young people to accept the world as it is, to those that encourage critical thinking more distanced from conventional wisdom and intended to change what is wrong, is one ...

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