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Basics of EE - Independent Study

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Course Materials

This is an independent study and can be completed on your own time. It is a prerequisite for taking the Methods of Teaching Environmental Education workshop, which is also a required course for NC EE Certification. The Basics of Environmental Education consists of a group of articles that you will read and then answer the follow-up discussion questions.

Participants are encouraged to complete the readings in the sequential order for full understanding. Your completed answers to the discussion questions should be between 40-200 words, depending on the depth of the questoin. Do not submit answers to the discussion questions until all are completed. Please refer to the Basics of EE Checklist to make sure you have answered all questions adequately.

Links for the Basics of EE:

You can download the questions as a pdf or as a Word document

Questions (pdf)*

Questions (Word)*

Your answers should be sent as an attachment to subject line should be your full name and Basics of EE. Example: John Doe – Basics of EE. The Basics of EE counts as 10 hours in Criteria I; a Form B is not necessary. You will be notified when your response has been accepted.

Articles for Basics of EE

*Note: Before you begin the readings, please answer question number one from the Basics questions: "As you begin this independent study section, reflect on your involvement and role in environmental education. How would you describe environmental education to a friend or family member?"

The Tbilisi Declaration

Environmental Education - From the Classic to Contemporary
J.F. Disinger

Two Hats
John Hug

Interpretation - Making a Difference on Purpose
Sam H. Ham

Captive and Noncaptive audiences - A Story about How I Arrived at the Idea and What I Mean by It

(Appendix 4 from Making a Difference on Purpose, Sam H. Ham)

Roper Report Summary: Environmental Literacy in America

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education - The Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators

Self Assessment

Should Action be a goal? No
J. Kwong

Should Action be a goal? Yes
Rick Wilke

A Sense of Wonder for Young Minds
David Orr

Beyond Ecophobia
David Sobel