Title

Ecoliteracy in America's Schools: Factors for Successful Implementation

Date of Award

3-4-2009

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Department

Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Advisor

John Hill

Keywords

Community Based Education; Ecoliteracy; Education for Sustainability; Environment as Integrating Context; Environmental Curriculum; Environmental Education; Place Based Education; Sustainable Curriculum; Sustainable Education

Abstract

Educators are increasing efforts to introduce ecoliteracy in the K-12 school system in the United States. Foundational to such a goal is successful implementation. An analysis of case studies and active teacher feedback identified an overarching key concept, learning-in-context, and six factors for successful implementation. They are: (1) integrated learning, (2) utilization of multiple teaching methods, (3) continued professional development, (4) a whole school method, (5) testability, and (6) inclusion of standards. Teachers and/or schools interested in pursuing ecoliteracy should take these critical factors for successful implementation into account.

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