Confronting Climate Crises through Education: Reading Our Way Forward

Confronting Climate Crises through Education: Reading Our Way Forward


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Confronting Climate Crises through Education: Reading Our Way Forward envisions the responsibility of public education to engage a citizenry more prepared to address the challenges of a changing world. Young advocates a paradigm shift that positions ecopedagogy as the central organizing principle of curriculum and assessment design. Each chapter outlines ways literature can serve as a cultural lens for examining the complex patterns of contexts behind our most pressing climate concerns, including potential solutions these patterns may illuminate. A focus on fiction and non-fiction exemplars that can provide such a lens illustrates practical steps educators can take to develop instruction around the immediately relevant environmental crises we are experiencing and to inspire more ecologically conscious, globally-minded problem-solvers prepared to confront them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498535960
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Series: Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Rebecca Young is language and literature assessment specialist for the Measured Progress and International Baccalaureate organizations.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Adams
Introduction: A New Story
Chapter 1: Literature and Empathy: A Rationale for Change
Chapter 2: A Taker-Leaver Paradigm: Cultural Representations in Contemporary Fiction
Chapter 3: Popular Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fostering International Perspectives
Chapter 4: Let’s Share the Table: Building Ecoliterate Communities
Chapter 5: Morality and Environmental Responsibility: An Interdisciplinary Reading of Franzen’s Freedom
Chapter 6: Ecopsychology: Harmonizing Our Paths
Afterword by David W. Orr

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