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.
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