Education | Teaching Environmental Education
Q590 | TBA | Phillipson-Mower

First Summer Session, 2006

Course instructor:  Teddie Phillipson-Mower
Office:  #3111 Wright Education Building
Phone:  (812) 856-8161
Office Hours:  by appointment

Course Description from bulletin: This class is for elementary and
secondary teachers. Basic principles of environmental and
conservation education stressed in grades K-12 will be discussed.
Methods and techniques for integrating these principles into
existing curricula will be looked at and practiced. This course is
designed to develop and evaluate new interdisciplinary teaching

There may be individuals taking this course that have different
needs (doctoral students, informal educators, etc.).  The instructor
understands this and is interested in providing you with useful
information, experience, and practice.  Therefore, it is necessary
that all parties understand the necessary fluidity of this document.

Course Objectives:  The course objectives will follow the NAAEE
general themes and guidelines as listed in the 2004 Guidelines for
the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental
Educators.  In the Guidelines, each theme is articulated with
guidelines which are followed by indicators that can be used to
assess ability.  You will have the opportunity to show your growth
and abilities toward these themes through your portfolio.  The six
themes are:

#1 – Environmental Literacy – Educators must be competent in the
skills and understandings outlined in Excellence in Environmental
Education – Guidelines for Learning (Pre K-12).

#2 – Foundations of Environmental Education – Educators must have a
basic understanding of the goals, theory, practice, and history of
the field of environmental education.

#3 – Professional Responsibilities of the Environmental Educator –
Educators must understand and accept the responsibilities associated
with practicing environmental education.

#4 – Planning and Implementing Environmental Education – Educators
must combine the fundamentals of high-quality education with the
unique features of environment education to design and implement
effective instruction.

#5 – Fostering Learning – Educators must enable learners to engage
in open inquiry investigation, especially when considering
environmental issues that are controversial and require students to
seriously reflect on their own and others’ perspectives.

#6 – Assessment and Evaluation – Environmental educators must
possess the knowledge, abilities, and commitment to make assessment
and evaluation integral to instruction and programs.