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Education in times of environmental crises: teaching children to be agents of change

Education in times of environmental crises: teaching children to be agents of change

Winograd, Ken, 1951- editor

The core assumption of this book is the interconnectedness of humans and nature, and that the future of the planet depends on humans’ recognition and care for this interconnectedness. This comprehensive resource supports the work of pre-service and practicing elementary teachers as they teach their students to be part of the world as engaged citizens, advocates for social and ecological justice. Challenging readers to more explicitly address current environmental issues with students in their classrooms, the book presents a diverse set of topics from a variety of perspectives. Its broad social/cultural perspective emphasizes that social and ecological justice are interrelated. Coverage includes descriptions of environmental education pedagogies such as nature-based experiences and place-based studies; peace-education practices; children doing environmental activism; and teachers supporting children emotionally in times of climate disruption and tumult. The pedagogies described invite student engagement and action in the public sphere. Children are represented as ‘agents of change’ engaged in social and environmental issues and problems through their actions both local and global

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Published London: Routledge, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Ken Winograd
ISBN: 1315671972, 9781138944350, 9781315671970
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 283 pages) : illustrations
Subject: Environmental education.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Contents
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Foreword
  4. Bill McKibben
  5. Preface
  6. Section I Setting the Stage for Elementary Teachers, with Eyes Wide Open
  7. 1 Teaching in Times of Environmental Crises: What on Earth are Elementary Teachers to Do?
  8. Ken Winograd
  9. 2 Loving and Protecting Earth, Our Home
  10. Nel Noddings
  11. 3 A Twilight Dance in the Snow: Thinking about Environmental Identity Development
  12. Carie Green and Michael Brody
  13. Section II Place-based Education: From Appreciation of Nature to Community Activism
  14. 4 Learning Care for the Earth with Krishnamurti
  15. Simon Boxley, Gopal Krishnamurthy, and Mary-Ann Ridgway
  16. 5 Sowing Seeds of Stewardship through Intergenerational Gardening
  17. Jolie Mayer-Smith and Linda Peterat
  18. 6 The Naturalist-in-Residence: Learning with Students and Teachers in the Outdoors
  19. Ted Watt
  20. 7 A-ha! Animal habitat art: Creating Connections in, about, and through Art and Nature
  21. Geraldine Burke
  22. 8 Honoring the Sacred Land: Students in Conversation
  23. Linda Wason-Ellam
  24. 9 Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Children to Engage with Climate Change Education
  25. Candice Satchwell
  26. 10 Acts of Resistance: Decolonizing Classroom Practice through Place-Based Education
  27. Christy Radbourne
  28. 11 "Dapto Dreaming": A Place-based Environmental Education Project Supporting Children to be Agents of Change
  29. Karen Malone
  30. Section III Teaching Peace
  31. 12 Nurturing Social and Ecological Relationships: The Contribution of Conflict Resolution Education
  32. Rhys Kelly
  33. 13 An Ethics-based Pedagogy
  34. Ben Paxton, Ingrid Hakala, and Sahtiya Hammell
  35. 14 Environmental Ethics: Reflections on Valuing Nature Rightly
  36. Allen Thompson
  37. Section IV Children’s Activism: From the Local to the Global
  38. 15 The New Realism: A Rationale for Supporting Children’s Climate Activism
  39. Hilary Whitehouse
  40. 16 Urgent Global Problems Require Teacher Agency
  41. Julie Andrzejewski
  42. 17 Teaching Climate Change with Hope and Solutions: Lessons from a Film Project
  43. Lynne Cherry
  44. Section V Explicit Teaching to Support Children’s Emotions and Resilience
  45. 18 Supporting Children Emotionally in Times of Climate Disruption: Teaching Practices and Strategies
  46. Molly Young Brown
  47. 19 Preparing Children for the Emotional Challenges of Climate Change: A Review of the Research
  48. Maria Ojala
  49. 20 Rescuing the Earth through Small World Play
  50. Sharon Witt and Helen Clarke
  51. 21 Children as Change Agents in Reducing Risks of Disasters
  52. Mayeda Rashid, Kevin R. Ronan, and Briony Towers
  53. Section VI Opportunities for Professional Development: Teachers Moving Ahead, with Urgency
  54. 22 Cultivating Curriculum Wisdom: Meeting the Professional Development Challenges of the Environmental Crisis
  55. Kathleen Kesson
  56. 23 A Rural Girl’s Global View on the Environmental Challenge: Advice for Elementary Teachers
  57. Amy Krol
  58. 24 : There’s No Time to Waste: Teachers, Act with Courage and Conviction!
  59. Ken Winograd
  60. Supplemental Resources
  61. About the Authors
  62. Index