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Urban Environmental Education Review$
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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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Nonformal Educational Settings

Nonformal Educational Settings

(p.115) 12 Nonformal Educational Settings
Urban Environmental Education Review

Joe E. Heimlich

Jennifer D. Adams

Marc J. Stern

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the pedagogy of nonformal environmental education for urban audiences, focusing on different types of urban nonformal educational opportunities and situating them in the lives of urbanites using the concept of “learningscapes.” Urban nonformal environmental education involves relating environmental content to the everyday lives of urban learners, ensuring learner autonomy, and integrating the institutions of environmental education providers within the broader array of social institutions in the urban environment. Nonformal urban environmental education programs according to participant choice and goals and provider goals include school field trips or related programs, casual visit to a community institution (for example, nature center), and recreational programs. The chapter suggests that urban environmental education providers have unique opportunities for connecting beyond traditional audiences due to the dense and diverse networks of programs within urban environments, from youth sports leagues to literacy clubs and neighborhood watches.

Keywords:   nonformal environmental education, learningscapes, environmental learning, field trips, recreational programs, urban environmental education, youth sports leagues, literacy clubs, neighborhood watches

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