What Makes for Effective Environmental Education?
Uses a sound curriculum:
- Includes principles of sustainability.
- Is science-based.
- Reflects current research and associated literature.
- Includes breadth from local to global communities.
- Is multidisciplinary integrating ecology, sociology, geography, biology, civics, history, economics, etc.
- Incorporates real world situations in which to apply academics.
Uses effective methods:
- Includes experiential activities.
- Occurs out in the environment, engages learners directly with environments being studied.
- Utilizes formal and non-formal educational resources for learners of all ages.
Connects people with nature:
- Teaches about both the natural and built environment and how they interrelate.
- Helps students understand their relationships within ecosystems and their role in sustaining them.
- Includes study of positive human activity, particularly for students sixth grade and younger.
- Seeks to ameliorate positive human influences on natural systems.
- Explores how human behavior and actions affect natural systems.
- Encourages responsibility.
- Is balanced, presenting multiple sides of issues.
- Occurs throughout life (life-long learning).
- Is age-appropriate.
- Recognizes cultural context.