Uncovering students environmental identity: An exploration of activities in an environmental science course

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Abstract

This study at a public high school in the Northeastern United States explores how students environmental identities are affected by various activities in an Environmental Science course. Data was collected as part of an ethnographic study involving an Environmental Science teacher and her tenth-twelfth grade students. The results focus on interviews with 10 students and the teacher, conducted at three points during the semester-long course. The findings illuminate ways in which students identities (environmental and consumer-materialist) are affirmed or disconfirmed during classroom activities, the importance of establishing personal connections with environmental issues, and challenges related to the teaching of controversial environmental issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-216
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Environmental Science(all)

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