Our School at Blair Grocery: A Case Study in Promoting Environmental Action Through Critical Environmental Education

Research
TitleOur School at Blair Grocery: A Case Study in Promoting Environmental Action Through Critical Environmental Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsCeaser, D
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume43
Issue4
Pagination209 - 226
Date Published2012/01/01/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordsaction competence, critical environmental education, critical theory, environmental action, youth activism
AbstractDespite wide agreement on the goals of environmental education (EE), the promotion of action is still considered contentious. Critical environmental education (critical EE) teaches students to combine critical reflection with the ability to engage in local action to address social/environmental problems. This article examines a critical urban farming school in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward for how student action is addressed. Results found that critical learning within an egalitarian, youth-centered community located in a disadvantaged area produces students who are more enlightened and empowered to create change. However, concerns regarding funding and safety led staff to not adhere to maintaining an egalitarian ethic, undermining the individualism and unpredictability that critical EE thrives upon and producing “disconnects” in students’ education.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958964.2011.637094