Developing environmental citizenship on campus through Action Research

Authors

  • Noa Avriel-Avni Dead Sea and Arava Science Center

Keywords:

Environmental citizenship, Ecological thinking, Higher education, Activism, Action research, Sustainability

Abstract

This study was designed to refine understanding of the influence of environmental education on the development of thought processes, on moral awareness and on students' ability to act as environmental citizens. The findings are based on content analysis of students' reflections on leading environmental change through ecological-thinking based action research. Generally, students' self-perceptions refocused from dichotomy between activism and Academia and between self and the world, to a more holistic perception joining theory to action. Reflections indicated development of a sense of capability, and of command over dimensions of time, interaction with peers and action-required information. The article offers a wealth of insights into the teaching of environmental citizenship in academia, concerning both students and lecturer.

It demonstrates the potential, inherent in ecological thinking, for developing an effective curriculum for teaching environmental citizenship in academia. And it suggests action research as an effective approach to integrating academy and activism.  

Published

2015-12-23