Mutualism: a different agenda for environmental and science education

Gough, A. 2002, Mutualism: a different agenda for environmental and science education, International Journal of Science Education, vol. 24, no. 11, pp. 1201-1215, doi: 10.1080/09500690210136611.

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Title Mutualism: a different agenda for environmental and science education
Author(s) Gough, A.
Journal name International Journal of Science Education
Volume number 24
Issue number 11
Start page 1201
End page 1215
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London
Publication date 2002-11
ISSN 0950-0693
Summary This paper discusses the history of the relationship between science education and environmental education in Australian and international contexts and argues that - given the on-going resistances to environmental education in schools, the static nature of science education practices, and declining student interest in studying traditional science subject - it is time to reconsider the relationship. If we are to achieve sustainable development, then science education must have a role in encouraging ecological thinking. However, the science education that can be an appropriate 'host' for environmental education is not necessarily that currently practised, but a reconceptualized form could well be what is needed. From a historical perspective this paper suggests that it might be time to reconsider science education's function as a 'host' for environmental education and try to imagine a more mutualistic relationship.

Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09500690210136611
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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