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Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Editors: Byrne, Loren B. (Ed.)

  • Provides instructors with a diverse collection of innovative, concisely-described, easy-to-implement but conceptually compelling and rigorous active-learning techniques that engage students in unique ways
  • Illustrates how philosophy and practice can be more learner-centered with positive outcomes for student engagement and learning
  • Integrates teaching activities for environmental and sustainability studies from many disciplines​
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About this book

Learner-centered teaching is a pedagogical approach that emphasizes the roles of students as participants in and drivers of their own learning. Learner-centered teaching activities go beyond traditional lecturing by helping students construct their own understanding of information, develop skills via hands-on engagement, and encourage personal reflection through metacognitive tasks. In addition, learner-centered classroom approaches may challenge students’ preconceived notions and expand their thinking by confronting them with thought-provoking statements, tasks or scenarios that cause them to pay closer attention and cognitively “see” a topic from new perspectives. Many types of pedagogy fall under the umbrella of learner-centered teaching including laboratory work, group discussions, service and project-based learning, and student-led research, among others. Unfortunately, it is often not possible to use some of these valuable methods in all course situations given constraints of money, space, instructor expertise, class-meeting and instructor preparation time, and the availability of prepared lesson plans and material. Thus, a major challenge for many instructors is how to integrate learner-centered activities widely into their courses.  

 

The broad goal of this volume is to help advance environmental education practices that help increase students’ environmental literacy. Having a diverse collection of learner-centered teaching activities is especially useful for helping students develop their environmental literacy because such approaches can help them connect more personally with the material thus increasing the chances for altering the affective and behavioral dimensions of their environmental literacy. This volume differentiates itself from others by providing a unique and diverse collection of classroom activities that can help students develop their knowledge, skills and personal views about  many contemporary environmental and sustainability issues.   ​  ​ ​

About the authors

Dr. Loren Byrne is an Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Science and served as the first Coordinator of the Sustainability Studies Program at Roger Williams University.

Table of contents (43 chapters)

  • Learner-Centered Teaching for Environmental and Sustainability Studies

    Byrne, Loren B.

    Pages 1-28

  • Which Is Most Sustainable? Using Everyday Objects to Examine Trade-Offs Among the “Three Pillars” of Sustainability

    McKendry, Corina

    Pages 31-36

  • An Introduction to Systems Thinking Using Plastic Dinosaurs

    Hyatt, Laura A.

    Pages 37-42

  • An Introductory Examination of Worldviews and Why They Matter for Environmental and Sustainability Studies

    Byrne, Loren B.

    Pages 43-50

  • Building Resilience: Modeling Resilience Concepts Using Legos

    Quinn, Courtney E. (et al.)

    Pages 51-56

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eBook $74.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-28543-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-28541-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-80374-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Editors
  • Loren B. Byrne
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-28543-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-28543-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-28541-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80374-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 322
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
Topics