Using a Council of Beings to Ascertain Student Understanding of the Relationship Between Sense-of-Place and Environmental Sustainability

Bogan, Margaret B.
March 2012
US-China Education Review A;Mar2012, Vol. 2 Issue 3a, p309
Academic Journal
A modified J. Seed, Council of Beings is used to ascertain participants' understanding of their sense of place within the environment. Over the past 15 years, students in environmental education, teachers in-service programs or undergraduate face-to-face and Internet sustainability education courses have been exposed to pedagogy that leads to the development of interdependence and interconnectedness. This reinforces foundational concepts of ecology. It includes intellectual, affective and attitudinal perceptions of the ecosphere and its inhabitants. To ascertain students understanding, they were asked to express their views from the perspective of other creatures or entities that exist interdependently with the environment. One concluding concept is that we are one and in relation to each other. Data indicate that many students develop a sense of care for and about the earth, work towards healthful practices for the earth's sustainability and provide for each other's space and needs.


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