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ERIC Number: EJ843342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0814-0626
Environmental Education is History: The Extent to Which Modern History Education Adopts Characteristics of Socially Critical Environmental Education
Barry, Clayton
Australian Journal of Environmental Education, v22 n1 p3-13 2006
This paper reports on a research study that investigated the extent to which the Queensland secondary school subject Modern History adopts characteristics of socially critical environmental education. The study found that while the Modern History syllabus gives ample opportunities for students to focus their inquiries on "environment", Modern History teachers had overlooked this aspect of the syllabus. More positive findings of this research are that both the syllabus and teachers adopt many characteristics of socially critical environmental education. In particular, the "values", "political" and "emancipatory" characteristics feature strongly in both policy and practice. To a lesser extent, both the "holistic" and "issues-based" characteristics are represented. Finally, this research study shows that the "action" characteristic, as defined in socially critical environmental education, is clearly neglected. Despite this, there is a case to be made for Modern History to be used as a vehicle for socially critical environmental education in Queensland schools. (Contains 1 figure and 3 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia