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Reaching Out with Respect: EE with Underserved Communities

Reaching out with Respect: Environmental Education with Underserved Communities Thinking about environmental education and underserved communities is an opportunity to challenge our assumptions about nature, culture and science, and, our assumptions about the life experiences of people of different backgrounds and cultures. . by Bonnie Sachetello-Sawyer and Shamu Fenyvesi (from The Best of CLEARING) Read […]

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Bird Language

Creating the Need to Pay Attention Field trips and adventures in the woods are tremendously important experiences for children, especially those students that don’t often get to spend time in a natural setting. Some of the most important, lasting results of good Environmental Education are the heartfelt connections that young people make with nature. They […]

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Coastal Margin Science and Education

CMOP: The Best Environmental Education Program You’ve (Probably) Never Heard About . . Coastal Margin Science and Education in the Era of Collaboratories by Vanessa L. Green, Nievita Bueno Watts, Karen Wegner, Michael Thompson, Amy F. Johnson, Tawnya D. Peterson and António M. Baptista . nterdisciplinary science is needed to make big decisions when it […]

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Why Garden in School? (Part 4)

Can School Gardening Help Save Civilization? (An Essay in Four Parts) by Carter D. Latendresse The Catlin Gabel School Abstract This paper is an argument for gardening in schools, focusing on two months of integrated English-history sixth grade curriculum that explores the relationships between a number of current environmental problems—notably hunger, water scarcity, topsoil loss, […]

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EE Research: Assessment

EE Research: Creating a Framework to Assess Nature Field Trips Looking for a more complete measurement of the effectiveness of outdoor excursions from EE Research Bulletin Nicole Ardoin, Editor THE RESEARCH: Morag, O., & Tal, T. (2012). Assessing learning in the outdoors with the Field Trip in Natural Environments (FiNE) framework. International Journal of Science […]

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Jim Martin: Do We Learn As Our Students Learn?

Do We Learn As Our Students Learn? by Jim Martin CLEARING Associate Editor We propose that an essential feature of learning is that it creates the zone of proximal development; that is, learning awakens a variety of internal developmental processes that are able to operate only when the child is interacting with people in his […]

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