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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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Positive Youth Development

Positive Youth Development

(p.165) 17 Positive Youth Development
Urban Environmental Education Review

Tania M. Schusler

Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte

Amy Cutter-Mackenzie

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between urban environmental education and positive youth development. It first defines positive youth development and applies it to environmental education before discussing three programs from Australia and the United States that illustrate different pedagogies for integrating positive youth development in environmental education aimed at fostering urban sustainability. The first program involves young people in participatory action research through a child-framed approach, the second develops young people's leadership capacities as peer educators, and the third facilitates youth civic engagement through local environmental action. The chapter shows that participatory action research, peer education, and youth civic engagement can lead to positive change for both urban environments and youths living within them.

Keywords:   urban environmental education, positive youth development, youth, urban sustainability, participatory action research, leadership, youth civic engagement, local environmental action, peer education, urban environments

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