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Connecting subject matter, social life and students' experiences: A case study of curriculum integration through environmental learning


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Abstract (summary)

Integrating environmental learning into mainstream education is an important countermeasure to address the challenges to the sustainability of the earth and children's integrated development. To be effectively integrated into mainstream education, an environmental learning program should be designed in ways that elicit the support of stakeholders, while at the same time without scarifying the environmental learning goals. The purpose of this study therefore is to explore an environmental learning model that meets the above mentioned goal using a case study design.

Key principles for designing such environmental learning programs are identified first based on the theoretical framework. Then, the actual enactment of these principles in a practical setting and the effects on students in terms of environmental learning goals and traditional educational goals are explored through a case study of a pilot environmental learning program designed with these guiding principles. It presents a detailed portrait of the design process, the actual enacted curriculum, and the experiences of key stakeholders with this environmental learning program. It also evaluates this program's effects on students in environmental literacy (the environmental learning goal), academic achievement and social development (the traditional educational goals). The enactment of the guiding principles and factors that influence the enactment of this program are discussed thereafter. It concludes with the construction of the curriculum integration through environmental learning model based on the case study and a discussion of the model in light of the curriculum integration framework.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Elementary education;
Social studies education;
Curriculum development
Classification
0524: Elementary education
0534: Social studies education
0727: Curriculum development
Identifier / keyword
Education; Curriculum integration; Earth education; Environmental learning; Environmental literacy; Holistic design; Real-world experience
Title
Connecting subject matter, social life and students' experiences: A case study of curriculum integration through environmental learning
Author
Yan, Baohua
Number of pages
430
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
0009
Source
DAI-A 70/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109128048
Advisor
Johnson, Bruce
Committee member
Arenas, Alberto; Doyle, Walter
University/institution
The University of Arizona
Department
Teaching & Teacher Education
University location
United States -- Arizona
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3354973
ProQuest document ID
304846428
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304846428
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