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Learning at eco-attractions: exploring the bifurcation of nature and culture through experiential environmental education

Dunkley, Ria Ann 2016. Learning at eco-attractions: exploring the bifurcation of nature and culture through experiential environmental education. Journal of Environmental Education 47 (3) , pp. 213-221. 10.1080/00958964.2016.1164113

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Abstract

This article explores informal environmental education (EE) experiences at eco-attractions. A consortium of three UK-based environmental charities designed an eco-attraction-based EE program aiming to inspire responses to environmental change. Over six months, educators at six eco-attractions delivered this two-day program to 430 young people. This article conveys qualitative insights into learning experiences at three participating eco-attractions. The study illustrates that experiential learning at eco-attractions provided unique opportunities to explore nature-culture connections. The program also appeared to enable novel confrontations of current ecological crises, including climate change. Furthermore, the experience influenced some young people's perceptions of how such crises might affect their futures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
L Education > L Education (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: botanical gardens,eco-attractions,environmental education,experiential learning,nature reserves,plant blindness,sustainability education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0095-8964
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 April 2016
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 15:52
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/89883

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