Ecoliteracy in America's Schools: Factors for Successful Implementation

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science

Organizational Unit

University College, Environmental Policy and Management


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

First Advisor

John Hill


Community based education, Ecoliteracy, Education for sustainability, Environment as integrating context, Environmental curriculum, Environmental education, Place based education, Sustainable curriculum, Sustainable education


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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