Environmental Education: Theory and Practice
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In this course we’ll be investigating the broad field of Environmental Education (EE). The term EE is used to describe a variety of disciplines, but how do we know authentic EE when we see it? We’ll investigate the historical and theoretical foundations of EE and the multiple strands that fit under the “umbrella” of EE, including nature study, experiential education, K-12 education, interpretation, and social marketing. We will also consider what makes EE effective (or not), who is “invited” to participate and lead, and where are the opportunities and challenges for implementing effective EE—both in general and in our current political and environmental reality.
Environmental education is traditionally experiential, collaborative, and creative. In this course we will practice a variety of teaching and learning styles as we add to our toolbox of facilitation and communication skills. Additionally, our understanding will be deepened by weekly reading and writing assignments, several expert guest speakers, a professional conference* and one field trip. The course will culminate in partner projects that will creatively explore EE’s newest strand: climate change education.
*Students have the option to attend the annual North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) conference in Spokane from October 10-13 as part of the course. Students unable to attend the conference will be given an alternative assignment.
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
$650 fee for an optional overnight field trip to attend the North American Association of Environmental Education Conference.
Class Size: 15
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia