Development of Ecological Place Meaning in New York City (Russ, et. al, 2015)

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Urban environmental education helps students to recognize ecological features and practices of cities. To understand the value and practice of developing such ecological place meaning, we conducted narrative research with educators and students in urban environmental education programs in the Bronx, New York City. Narratives showed that educators are cultivating ecological place meaning to help students appreciate ecological aspects of cities, and develop their imagination of how their environment could be improved. Such ecological placemeaning is nurtured through direct experiences with the urban environment, social interactions within educational programs and communities, and development of students’ ecological identity.

 

Development of Ecological Place Meaning in New York City
Alex Russ (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)
Scott J. Peters (Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York)
Marianne E. Krasny and Richard C. Stedman (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York)

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