Research Summary

Exploring environmental identity and behavioral change in an environmental science course

Environmental Education Can Engage Students Who Are Resistant to School and Encourage Critical Thinking

Cultural Studies of Science Education
2013

High school students demonstrated increased critical thinking as they participated in an environmental education course. They started to examine and question their own personal assumptions, values and behavior. Some students stated that they weren’t living their own values on the environment and checked themselves. EE provides students with the skills to form their own opinions about an issue.

One of the most exciting developments from the class was the student who was inspired to learn in the class and before wasn’t very open to learning because he didn’t like school. EE has been found to break through to some of the most closed off students.