Graffiti, Homelessness and Asthma: Facilitating Student-Powered Urban Environmental Education

By Shamu Fenyvesi Sadeh Portland State University, Center for Learning and Teaching West (NSF) If students were asked to define “environment” and “community” what would they come up with? What would it look like if students designed their own methods for investigating community environmental issues? What would it mean if the teacher encouraged students to […]

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Rowing and the art of environmental education

Engaging students in the marine sciences by Susie Vanderburg enny Ross, a N.A.M.E. teacher at Strawberry Vale Elementary in Victoria, BC, shared with us a creative and challenging way to engage students in the marine sciences.  When Lenny was a middle school teacher, he developed a partnership with The Rowing Center, a waterfront business on […]

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Corporate Curriculum: Teaching the ‘Science of Death’

by John F. Borowski For more than a decade, writing for numerous newspapers, magazines and websites, I have attempted to cast a light on “industrial strength” science curriculum: “that curriculum of the corporation, by the corporation and for a corporation’s profits…shall indeed hasten the rate of destruction of the earth’s resources and indeed, people may […]

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Connecting Kids and Caribou

Connecting Kids and Caribou by Sue Steinacher, Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game Teenagers can be a tough audience to impress. The students from northwestern Alaska let it be known they’d seen plenty of caribou, and had been riding in boats and camping all their lives. So coming to a place called Onion Portage, downriver […]

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Review: Eco-Inquiry: A Guide to Ecological Learning Experiences for Upper Elementary/Middle Grades

ISBN: 0-8403-9584-1 Copyright: 1994 Number of Pages: 400 Binding: Soft Cover Author: Kathleen Hogan Publisher: Kendal/Hunt Publishing Co. Reviewed by Fletcher Brown Over the last two decades the educational reform movement has been pitching a variety of methodologies to get educators to be more student-centered and inquiry minded. Curriculum and textbooks have been slowly adapting, […]

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