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Intermediate Senior Environmental Education

I/S Liaison Librarian

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Mary Claire Vandenburg
Education Library, Duncan McArthur Hall
511 Union Street, Queen's University, Kingston, Ont. K7M 5R7
613-533-6000 x74094

Environmental Education in the Grade 7-12 Classroom


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"From an educational perspective, science learning and environmental understanding effectively complement each other in two ways:

  • The environment context can improve science learning
  • Learning science can improve the ability of students to deal with environmental issues.

Another way of putting this is that studying science in the context of the environment is doubly productive.  It shows how scientific knowledge and ways of thinking, coupled with the process of making decisions about our collective interaction with nature, can illuminate each other to the advantage of both."

-- from: Resources for Environmental Literacy by Environmental Literacy Council, National Science Teachers Association, p.xiii. (2007)









Select Resource

Neal, Philip; Palmer, Joy. (2003). Handbook of Environmental Education. Routledge. <>

Also available in print in the Education Library: GE70.P35 1994t 

This book explains what environmental education is and how it can best be implemented at the school and classroom level. The handbook is useful for school administrators and curriculum coordinators to find advice on establishing a whole-school policy and for classroom teachers to find practical ideas for planning and assessing environmental education in the whole curriculum context. The book is divided into four parts: (1) provides an overview of the development of the cross-curricular theme of environmental education and focuses on the implementation of the subject in the formal education service today; (2) is concerned with approaches to the planning, organization and implementation of environmental education in the school classroom; (3) provides some guidelines for the implementation of environmental education in schools at all levels, considering particularly the issues of coordination, management, and school policy; and (4) lists over 200 organizations in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand which can provide information, class materials, and further help.