Teaching Environmental Literacy: Across Campus And Across The Curriculum

Paperback | January 11, 2010

EditorHeather L. Reynolds, Eduardo S. Brondizio, Jennifer Meta Robinson

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To prepare today's students to meet growing global environmental challenges, colleges and universities must make environmental literacy a core learning goal for all students, in all disciplines. But what should an environmentally literate citizen know? What teaching and learning strategies are most effective in helping students think critically about human-environment interactions and sustainability, and integrate what they have learned in diverse settings? Educators from the natural and social sciences and the humanities discuss the critical content, skills, and affective qualities essential to environmental literacy. This volume is an invaluable resource for developing integrated, campus-wide programs to prepare students to think critically about, and to work to create, a sustainable society.

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To prepare today's students to meet growing global environmental challenges, colleges and universities must make environmental literacy a core learning goal for all students, in all disciplines. But what should an environmentally literate citizen know? What teaching and learning strategies are most effective in helping students think c...

Heather L. Reynolds is Associate Professor of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington.Eduardo S. Brondizio is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington.Jennifer Meta Robinson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University Bloomington and former Director of Campus Instructiona...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:January 11, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253221501

ISBN - 13:9780253221506

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Rationale for Teaching Environmental Literacy in Higher Education / Heather L. Reynolds, Eduardo S. Brondizio, Jennifer Meta Robinson, Doug Karpa, and Briana L. Gross

Part 1. A Model for Grassroots, Multidisciplinary Faculty Inquiry
Jennifer Meta Robinson and Heather L. Reynolds

Part 2. Core Learning Goals for Campus-wide Environmental Literacy
Overview / Heather L. Reynolds (Biology)
1. At the Forest's Edge: A Place-Based Approach to Teaching Ecosystem Services / Keith M. Vogelsang and Eric J. Baack (Biology)
2. Population, Energy, and Sustainability / Bennet B. Brabson (Physics)
3. Population, Consumption, and Environment / Emilio F. Moran (Anthropology)
4. Economics and Sustainability / Christine Glaser (Economics)
5. A Sense of Place / Scott Russell Sanders (English)
6. Environmental Justice and a Sense of Place / John Applegate (Law)
7. Environmental Literacy and the Lifelong Cultivation of Wonder / Lisa H. Sideris (Religious Studies)
8. Teaching Environmental Communication Through Rhetorical Controversy / Phaedra C. Pezzullo (Communication and Culture)

Part 3. Strategies for Teaching Environmental Literacy: Beyond the Traditional Classroom
Overview / Doug Karpa (Campus Instructional Consulting)
9. Effective Education for Environmental Literacy / Craig E. Nelson (Biology)
10. Learning in Place: The Campus as Ecosystem / James H. Capshew (History and Philosophy of Science)
11. Environmental Literacy and Service-Learning: A Multi-Text Rendering / Nicole Schonemann, Andrew Libby, and Claire King (Office of Service-Learning)
12. Sense of Place and the Physical Senses in Outdoor Environmental Learning / Matthew R. Auer (Public and Environmental Affairs and Hutton Honors College)
13. A Natural Environment for Environmental Literacy / Keith Clay (Biology)
14. Teaching Outdoors / Vicky J. Meretsky (Public and Environmental Affairs)

Part 4. Beyond Courses: Teaching Environmental Literacy Across Campus and Across the Curriculum
Overview / Jennifer Meta Robinson (Communication and Culture)
15. Environmental Literacy and the Curriculum--An Administrative Perspective / Catherine Larson (Spanish and Portuguese)
16. Faculty, Staff, and Student Partnerships for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability / Briana L. Gross (Biology)
17. Food for Thought: A Multidisciplinary Faculty Grassroots Initiative for Sustainability and Service-Learning / Whitney Schlegel (Human Biology), Heather L. Reynolds (Biology), Victoria M. Getty (Health, Physical Education, and Recreation), Diane Henshel (Public and Environmental Affairs), and James W. Reidhaar (Fine Arts)

Conclusion / Eduardo S. Brondizio (Anthropology)

Appendix
Contributors
Index

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"What makes Teaching Environmental Literacy noteworthy is its coherence and accessibility.... Providing useful overviews of topics such as ecosystem services, population, and sense of place, the authors focus on specific disciplines as well as cross-disciplinary topics. While not designed as a how-to guide, Teaching EnvironmentalLiteracy would serve well any institution seeking to implement revisions to the curriculum-or individuals looking to create or revise courses that foreground environmental literacy.T" -Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment