Teaching and learning in environmental education: Developing environmental conceptions
R.R. Ballantyne, J.M. Packer 1996 Journal of Environmental Education Vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 25-32. 1996.
This paper discusses how environmental education is closely connected with the affective domain in that it involves attitudes, values and behaviors, in addition to cognitive knowledge. The authors recommend that teachers develop conceptions in environmental education by using a range of strategies designed to integrate an individual's environmental knowledge, attitudes/values, and behavior. The proposed approach broadens teaching in the area that traditionally has had an attitudes/values focus. The application of constructivist learning provides a basis for encouraging students to become aware of their environmental conceptions, challenge inconsistencies in those conceptions, and make informed decisions regarding their environmental conceptions. Examples are provided of strategies that may be adapted for use within this model.