Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World

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SUNY Press, 1992 - Education - 210 pages
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The most important discoveries of the 20th century exist not in the realm of science, medicine, or technology, but rather in the dawning awareness of the earth’s limits and how those limits will affect human evolution. Humanity has reached a crossroad where various ecological catastrophes meet what some call sustainable development. While a great deal of attention has been given to what governments, corporations, utilities, international agencies, and private citizens can do to help in the transition to sustainability, little thought has been given to what schools, colleges, and universities can do. Ecological Literacy asks how the discovery of finiteness affects the content and substance of education. Given the limits of the earth, what should people know and how should they learn it?
  

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Contents

The Problem of Sustainability
3
Two Meanings of Sustainability
23
A Tale of Two Systems Sustainability in International Perspective
41
Fragments of Strategy
61
Education
81
Ecological Literacy
85
The Liberal Arts the Campus and the Biosphere An Alternative to Blooms Vision of Education
97
A Prerequisite to the Great Books of Allan Bloom A Syllabus for Ecological Literacy
109
What is Education For?
141
Is Environmental Education an Oxymoron?
149
What Knowledge? For What Purposes?
153
Having Failed to Manage Ourselves We Will Now Manage the Planet? An Opinion from the Back Forty
157
What Good is a Rigorous Research Agenda if You Dont Have a Decent Planet to Put it On? Apologies to Thoreau
163
Food Alchemy and Sustainable Agriculture
167
Epilogue
181
Notes
185

Place and Pedagogy
125
Education and Sustainability An Approach
133

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David W. Orr is Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, and co-founder of the Meadowcreek Project, a non-profit environmental education organization. He is co-author of The Global Predicament, and co-editor of the SUNY Press series Environmental Public Policy.

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