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Trading Zones in Environmental Education

Creating Transdisciplinary Dialogue


Edited By Marianne E. Krasny and Justin Dillon

Environmental educators often adhere to a relatively narrow theoretical paradigm focusing on changing attitudes and knowledge, which are assumed to foster pro-environmental behaviors, which, in turn, leads to better environmental quality. This book takes a different approach to trying to understand how environmental education might influence people, their communities, and the environment. The authors view changing environmental behaviors as a «wicked» problem, that is, a problem that does not readily lend itself to solutions using existing disciplinary approaches. The book as a whole opens up new avenues for pursuing environmental education research and practice and thus expands the conversation around environmental education, behaviors, and quality. Through developing transdisciplinary research questions and conceptual paradigms, this book also suggests new practices beyond those currently used in environmental education, natural resources management, and other environmental fields.
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Trading zones in environmental education: creating transdisciplinary dialogue /edited by Marianne E. Krasny, Justin Dillon.p. cm. — ([Re]thinking environmental education; vol. 1)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Environmental education. 2. Natural resources—Management.I. Krasny, Marianne E. II. Dillon, Justin.GE70.T69 333.7071—dc23    2012025609ISBN 978-1-4331-1180-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-1179-2 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-0854-9 (e-book)ISSN 1949-0747

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The photograph on the cover shows an unnamed statue by the Italian sculptor,Giuliano Vangi. The statue is on the campus of theUniversity of Education, Heidelberg, Germany and dates from the timewhen 3 per cent of the cost of new buildings had to be invested in works of art.

Funding for this volume was provided by the Cornell University Institutefor the Social Sciences and the New York State College of Agricultureand Life Sciences at Cornell University.

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