Environmental learning in British Columbia : a grounded theory exploration of teachers' practices
Cirkony, Constance Lee
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SubjectBritish Columbia; environmental education; implementation; integration; interdisciplinary; pedagogy
This study explored how British Columbia K-12 teachers incorporate environmental education (EE) into their teaching practice. Using a mixed method design with surveys and interviews, I applied grounded theory method to understand teachers' experiences. Teachers applied infusion, integration, and interdisciplinary approaches in most grades and many subject areas. Teachers' rationale and philosophy supported their practices, implying strong teacher and student engagement. The more a teacher modified the school curricula and infrastructure, and collaborated with the education community, the more the EE course or program was likely to become embedded within the school culture. The experiences of these environmental educators can serve as a model for education transformation by identifying challenges and support systems, and demonstrating the importance of how teaching rationale and philosophy sustain innovative practices. The findings are of interest to BC teachers, administrators, school districts, the Ministry of Education, and organizations that support teachers.
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