Socially-critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms: The Dance of Structure and Agency by Jane EdwardsSocially-critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms: The Dance of Structure and Agency by Jane Edwards

Socially-critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms: The Dance of Structure and Agency

byJane Edwards

Hardcover | November 4, 2015

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The effectiveness of Education for Sustainable Development depends on the ability of schools and teachers to embrace pedagogies that reduce the gap between the rhetoric of educationforthe environment and the reality of classroom practices. This book responds to the need to better understand the nature of the relationships between agency and structure that contribute to the development of educational rhetoric-reality gaps in order to inform processes that most effectively facilitate pedagogical change.
This book explores the issues of pedagogical change through the experiences of Australian primary school teachers faced with the challenge of implementing an environmental education program in which young students were positioned as active participants in the social processes from which environmentally sustainable practices could be developed. These teachers were required to adopt pedagogies that often represented the antithesis of their well-established teacher-directed approaches.
Through the use of Anthony Giddens' Theory of Structuration this book provides unique perspectives of the teacher mediated manner in which certain elements of structure and agency interrelate to enable and constrain classroom practices-essential understandings for school principals and educational policy developers who aim to effectively implement pedagogical change. This book also demonstrates that the Theory of Structuration provides a valuable ontological research framework, and provides social researchers with practical guidance for how to relate this theory to specific research issues.

Title:Socially-critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms: The Dance of Structure and AgencyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:261 pagesPublished:November 4, 2015Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:331902146X

ISBN - 13:9783319021461

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The rhetoric-reality gap.- Chapter 2: Facing the future.- Chapter 3: Getting to know Giddens: Structuration as as ontological framework.- Chapter 4: Putting Giddens into practice.- Chapter 5: The state of play.- Chapter 6: The rhetoric and the reailty.- Chapter 7:The dance of the 'duality of structure ad agency'.- Chapter 8: Ideology and ontological security.- Chapter 9: The dance of structure and agendy-socially-critical environmental education in primary classrooms.