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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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Cities as Classrooms

Cities as Classrooms

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(p.215) 22 Cities as Classrooms
Source:
Urban Environmental Education Review
Author(s):

Mary Leou

Marianna Kalaitsidaki

, Alex Russ, Marianne E. Krasny
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705823.003.0023

This chapter explores how learning in cities can promote environmental literacy, raise awareness about local environmental problems, and engage students in discussions of sustainable choices. City as Classroom is a trend in urban environmental education that encompasses nature study, citizen science, inquiry-based learning, and neighborhood inventories. It draws from place-based education, which enables teachers to use the varied resources of a city to engage students in authentic experiences and learning in the places where they live. Using examples from Greece and the United States, this chapter considers the ways in which place matters and shapes what we teach and how we teach. It shows that cities can function as vibrant outdoor classrooms, with the goal to help teachers and other educators develop curriculum that is inquiry-based and fosters the development of problem-solving skills as well as an environmental stewardship ethic.

Keywords:   cities, environmental literacy, City as Classroom, urban environmental education, place-based education, environmental stewardship, place

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