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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Ceaser, Donovon Keith
Author's Email Address donovonc@gmail.com
URN etd-03092012-103220
Title Critical EE at OSBG: A Case Study in Addressing Environmental Action through Critical Education
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Sociology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Becker, Sarah Committee Chair
Blanchard, Troy C. Committee Member
Dumais, Susan A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • environmental action
  • activism
  • critical education
  • environmental education
Date of Defense 2011-07-18
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Within environmental education the promotion of environmental activism is still considered contentious despite being a major goal since its inception. While some argue on simply raising awareness a growing number believe an action component is necessary to produce citizens capable of addressing environmental issues. Critical environmental education (Critical EE) is one method of integrating action into an educational program that teaches students to better understand the social and natural environment through an integrative participatory teaching-learning culture which allows students to construct contextual value-laden knowledge. This study uses data gathered from six months of participant observation at Our School at Blair Grocery, an urban farming school which teaches from an environmental justice perspective, to examine how critical education promotes student action. Results indicate that critical reflection and action within an egalitarian, youth-centered community located in a disadvantaged neighborhood produces students who are more enlightened and empowered to create change. However, concerns around 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 student’s education.
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