International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education

Socially-critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms

The Dance of Structure and Agency

Authors: Edwards, Jane

  • Provides practical guidance in the use of the Theory of Structuration in educational research
  • Highlights reasons for the gap between the rhetoric and the reality of Education for Sustainability
  • Provides recommendations for ensuring effective and long-lasting pedagogical change
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The effectiveness of Education for Sustainable Development depends on the ability of schools and teachers to embrace pedagogies that reduce the gap between the rhetoric of education for the environment and the reality of classroom practices. This book responds to the need to better understand the nature of the relationships between agency and structure that contribute to the development of educational rhetoric-reality gaps in order to inform processes that most effectively facilitate pedagogical change.
This book explores the issues of pedagogical change through the experiences of Australian primary school teachers faced with the challenge of implementing an environmental education program in which young students were positioned as active participants in the social processes from which environmentally sustainable practices could be developed. These teachers were required to adopt pedagogies that often represented the antithesis of their well-established teacher-directed approaches.
Through the use of Anthony Giddens’ Theory of Structuration this book provides unique perspectives of the teacher mediated manner in which certain elements of structure and agency interrelate to enable and constrain classroom practices—essential understandings for school principals and educational policy developers who aim to effectively implement pedagogical change. This book also demonstrates that the Theory of Structuration provides a valuable ontological research framework, and provides social researchers with practical guidance for how to relate this theory to specific research issues.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Socially-critical Environmental Education in Primary Classrooms
Book Subtitle
The Dance of Structure and Agency
Authors
Series Title
International Explorations in Outdoor and Environmental Education
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-02147-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-02147-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-02146-1
Series ISSN
2214-4218
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXV, 261
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations
Topics