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Environmental education in a climate of reform : understanding teacher educators' perspectives

Author: Sylvia Christine Almeida
Publisher: Rotterdam ; Boston : Sense Publishers, [2015]
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"India is grappling with serious environmental issues that have been largely sparked by its galloping economy. As a measure of its seriousness to reduce the environmental impacts it has spearheaded numerous policy initiatives. One of the major thrusts of the proposed initiatives to curb environmental degradation has been to create an informed and well-educated citizenry. The federal mandates have triggered new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)925441602
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sylvia Christine Almeida
ISBN: 9789463002172 9463002170
OCLC Number: 932003118
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: TABLE OF CONTENTS ; SECTION 1: BUILDING THE STORIES ; CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION; BACKGROUND ; The Personal Connection; RATIONALE ; Significance of the Study CHAPTER 2: ENVIRONMENTA L EDUCATION & TEACHER EDUCATION: A Review of Literature Review INTRODUCTION ; GLOBAL --
LOCAL: ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND CHALLENGES; Global Issues; Local (India); Does the size of the population alone create damaging environmental pressures? Does poverty of large areas create environmental pressures?Do the new large cities have damaging ecological footprints?; Is India's unique environment particularly 'difficult' or 'fragile'?; Glocal; A HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF EE (FROM GLOBAL TO LOCAL) ; History of EE in India; Landmark Policies/Developments that Shaped EE in India TEACHER EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION : A ROCKY MARIAGE Research in Teacher Education: Teacher Educators' Identities; THE CASE OF INDIA: TEACHER PREPARATION AND EE CHAPTER 3: TEACHER EDUCATORS' PRACTICES AND IDENTITIES: Developing the Study CONCEPTUALISING THE STUDY ; Teachers Who Teach Teachers: Teacher Educators' Practices; Teachers/Professional Identities; Cultural Identities; Eco Identities; Conceptual Framework
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"India is grappling with serious environmental issues that have been largely sparked by its galloping economy. As a measure of its seriousness to reduce the environmental impacts it has spearheaded numerous policy initiatives. One of the major thrusts of the proposed initiatives to curb environmental degradation has been to create an informed and well-educated citizenry. The federal mandates have triggered new curriculum policies and the compulsory teaching of environmental and sustainability education at all levels in all education institutions. This volume examines the policy practice conundrum. It looks at how national and international policy reforms reach practitioners - in this case teacher educators. Furthermore, it unravels how teacher educators understand environmental education, the ways in which they negotiate its demands on their busy schedules, what helps them in determining relevant issues within this and finally how they implement these policies in their everyday practices. It is evident from this book that while there have been some really well meaning development of policies, their impact on teacher educators' practice, and therefore student teachers' learning about Environmental Education is limited. The study showed that while these teacher educators had a clear understanding of the environment and saw the need/importance of incorporating Environmental Education in their daily practices they had very little scope to do so. There were numerous factors that constrained implementation. The book provides inputs on global policy practice gaps. It offers valuable insights to a global audience grappling with understanding the ways in which environmental education policies are put into practice in emerging economies like India. The final argument is thesis that while policy reforms are a step in the right direction they need to be backed up with strong implementation systems in order to be successful."<.

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