ChangeScale and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) have collaborated with researchers at Stanford University to create this eleventh issue of the Environmental Education Research Bulletin. Talented environmental educators are conducting fantastic programs, collaborating with communities, using hands-on strategies, and making critical links that help enhance environmental awareness, build skills, and support informed action. Yet many of these committed professionals lack the time to keep up on the latest research, which may provide insight into how to improve the effectiveness of their work. We hope these Research Bulletins can help bridge the research-and-practice gap by summarizing recently reported research and help practitioners use the results to enhance their programs.
This issue includes synopses of peer-reviewed journal articles that are particularly relevant for frontline environmental education practitioners. We reviewed issues (published between January and June 2016) of a number of environmental education-related journals, including Journal of Environmental Education, Environmental Education Research, Applied Environmental Education & Communication, Journal of Experiential Education, International Journal of Science Education, Journal of Interpretation Research, and Visitor Studies.
We want these bulletins to be as useful as possible, so please send your feedback on additional topics or journals you would like us to cover as well as alternative formats that may be helpful. Send suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also encourage you to check out the research blog on eePRO, NAAEE’s professional development community. The community has a section devoted to research and evaluation; you can join here: https://naaee.org/eepro/groups/research-and-evaluation. You may also be interested in the NSF-funded Relating Research to Practice effort of CILS and the Exploratorium, available here: http://relatingresearchtopractice.org.
Thanks for all you do, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Elizabeth C. Babcock, Ph.D.
Chief Public Engagement Officer & Roberts-Wilson Dean of Education
California Academy of Sciences
North American Association for Environmental Education
Nicole M. Ardoin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Stanford University
Kirk Anne Taylor
Executive Director, ChangeScale