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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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Educator Professional Development

Educator Professional Development

(p.202) 21 Educator Professional Development
Urban Environmental Education Review

Rebecca L. Franzen

Cynthia Thomashow

Mary Leou

Nonyameko Zintle Songqwaru

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Cornell University Press

This chapter describes a conceptual framework for professional development in urban environmental education. Urban environmental education includes the use of urban environments as a learning context that leads to collective action—that is, working with stakeholders within a community to establish a common agenda, learn about the forces that impact environmental conditions, and find venues to influence change from within the community. Learning about local resources through active participation and immersion in field experiences may help educators, as well as youths, see connections within their communities. The chapter outlines professional development strategies for environmental educators working with urban audiences and in urban settings, in both schools and nonformal programs. Six elements of a professional development model for urban environmental education are discussed: interdisciplinary and integrated content, context, pedagogy, resources, field experiences, and professional learning communities.

Keywords:   professional development, urban environmental education, urban environments, collective action, environmental educators, pedagogy, resources, field experiences, professional learning communities

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