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Cultivating environmental citizenship in teacher education
Teaching Education (2016)
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
  • Carie Green
  • Carol Bryant, University of Wyoming
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 Date
Spring March 1, 2016
Citation Information
Green, C., Medina-Jerez, W, Bryant, C. (2016). Cultivating environmental citizenship in teacher education. Teaching Education, 27(2), 117-135.