Cultivating environmental citizenship in teacher educationTeaching Education (2016)
Research on environmental action projects in teacher education is limited.
Furthermore, projects that emphasize the role of citizens and governments in
environmental problem-solving are scarce. The purpose of this study was to
explore how participating in a political environmental action project influenced
pre-service teachers’ environmental citizenship. Following the steps of Project
Citizen, an international civic education program, pre-service teachers learned
about and proposed policy solutions to address excessive energy usage at their
university. Analysis revealed growth in the pre-service teachers’ environmental
citizenry, including their self-efficacy, values awareness, and ecological
and civics literacy. Through critical appraisal of their local energy-yielding
system, the pre-service teachers recognized energy conservation as a cultural
problem with local and global implications, furthering their commitment to
action-oriented environmental education.
Publication DateSpring March 1, 2016
Citation InformationGreen, C., Medina-Jerez, W, Bryant, C. (2016). Cultivating environmental citizenship in teacher education. Teaching Education, 27(2), 117-135.