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.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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