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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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School Partnerships

School Partnerships

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Urban Environmental Education Review

Polly L. Knowlton Cockett

Janet E. Dyment

Mariona Espinet

Yu Huang

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how schools that establish rich and sustaining partnerships with local communities enhance opportunities for urban environmental education. It considers “socioecological refrains” that incorporate stewardship, pedagogy, interrelationships, and heritage and highlight the role played by schools in shaping sustainable cities through urban environmental education. These refrains promote a connectedness to place through the use of the local environment to stimulate learning, the development of curricula and pedagogies that embrace the development of sustainable cities, and the establishment of links with the community to foster relationships, stewardship, and resiliency. Case studies from Canada, Australia, China, and Spain are presented to illustrate these refrains and to show initiatives at work such as green schools. The chapter demonstrates that urban schools can use local environments to serve as stimulus, context, and content for teaching and learning about sustainability.

Keywords:   partnerships, local communities, urban environmental education, socioecological refrains, sustainable cities, stewardship, resiliency, green schools, urban schools, sustainability

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