ERIC Number: EJ1229578
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Identifying Effective Climate Change Education Strategies: A Systematic Review of the Research
Monroe, Martha C.; Plate, Richard R.; Oxarart, Annie; Bowers, Alison; Chaves, Willandia A.
Environmental Education Research, v25 n6 p791-812 2019
Increased interest in climate change education and the growing recognition of the challenges inherent to addressing this issue create an opportunity to conduct a systematic review to understand what research can contribute to our ideas about effective climate change education. An academic database, EBSCO"host," was used to identify 959 unique citation records addressing climate change education. Of these, 49 sources met the criteria of focusing on assessment of climate change education interventions. Analysis of these sources examined the intervention purpose, assessment methodology, and identified strategies that might result in effective interventions. Two themes were identified that are common to most environmental education: (1) focusing on personally relevant and meaningful information and (2) using active and engaging teaching methods. Four themes specific to issues such as climate change were also generated: (1) engaging in deliberative discussions, (2) interacting with scientists, (3) addressing misconceptions, and (4) implementing school or community projects. Suggestions for addressing controversial topics like climate change are offered.
Descriptors: Climate, Environmental Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Intervention, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Adult Education, Relevance (Education), Learner Engagement, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Scientists, Active Learning, Misconceptions, School Community Relationship, Student Projects
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Adult Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 20116800230185