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Alex Russ

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501705823

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.001.0001

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Four Asian Tigers

Four Asian Tigers

(p.31) 3 Four Asian Tigers
Urban Environmental Education Review

Geok Chin Ivy Tan

John Chi-Kin Lee

Tzuchau Chang

Chankook Kim

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter describes innovative approaches, both within schools and across multiple sectors, to urban environmental education in the highly urbanized environments of Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul. Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea—the so-called “Four Asian Tigers”—pursued aggressive industrialization to boost economic growth, resulting in rapid urbanization. Today their cities are faced with acute urban problems. As each of these highly urbanized cities faces the complex challenges that come with development, they turned to urban environmental education to foster environmental awareness and environmentally responsible behaviors. The chapter examines the strategies adopted by Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul, such as integrating environmental education into the school curriculum, inquiry-based field trips, technology, partnerships, and urban environmental centers.

Keywords:   schools, urban environmental education, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, field trips, technology, partnerships, urban environmental centers

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