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Practical Wisdom in Environmental Education

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To create an ecologically literate, motivated, and engaged citizenry, environmental education must help students develop practical wisdom. We discuss three elements of teaching central to this task: first, greater emphasis on contextualized knowledge, grounded in particular places and cases; second, multi-modal learning that engages students as whole persons both cognitively and affectively; and third, stronger connections between knowing and doing, or between knowledge and responsibility. We illustrate these elements through our experience teaching field-based environmental studies courses, but also emphasize ways in which practical environmental education can be effectively incorporated into campus-based classes.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA 2: Department of Philosophy, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, USA

Publication date: 2005-10-01

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