Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and Suggestions

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All resources and files were produced by the Climate Change Environmental Education Professional Online Learning Community Alliance (POLCA) in 2013.

The Research:  A summary of the literature from research on how people learn, environmental psychology, and climate change and suggested teaching/learning strategies for applying these research findings and theories.

Standards & Teaching Suggestions: Analyses of Common Core, Science, and Social Studies Standards show where climate change fits into the curriculum and the kinds of discipline-focused practices that learners can use while investigating climate change. For specific standards, we’ve suggested lessons and units (cohesive sequences of learning opportunities appropriate for specific grade bands) that enable students to pursue performance expectations and content in the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and standards for civics and government, social studies, and geography.

Suggestions for Learner-Focused Inquiries: Here we list “Essential Questions” for each grade band, suggest a template for use with groups of learners (from K to Gray), and give some examples of inquiries pursued by learners of different ages.

Download all CCEE POLCA pdfs as one file.

Suggested citation:
Downey, L., Gentile, S. J., Hollweg, K.S., Hubbard-Sánchez, J., Johnson, C., Kumler, L., LaRocque, L., Poppleton, K., Shiflett-Fitton, D., Shuttleworth, J. (Eds.). (2013). Advancing Climate Change Environmental Education: Resources and Suggestions. Ithaca, NY: EECapacity, Cornell University Civic Ecology Lab, and North American Association for Environmental Education.