Environmental Adult Education: Ecological Learning, Theory, and Practice for Socioenvironmental Change, New Directions for Adult and Continuing Ed 99
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Environmental adult education brings an ecological perspective to studies of adult learning by concretizing the interconnections between people's experiences of environmental deterioration and recognition of the destructive powers of the global economy. This volume situates environmental adult education within a socio-political and eco-epistemological framework, explores how new language and metaphors can counteract problematic modern worldviews, and analyzes the potential of environmental, justice-based learning to combat socio-environmental oppressions.

Environmental adult education for community sustainability situates local knowledge within a global pedagogy and activism of survival. Practical and theoretical considerations of environmental popular education within indigenous people's social movements are explained, and the relationship among women, the environment, and adult learning is explored. The aim of environmental adult literacy is to challenge scientific knowledge as the fundamental structure of learning, and to revalue people's experiential knowledge. A transformative ecological understanding of lifelong learning reconnects humans with nature and fosters social dialogue and action. Environmental adult education provides a rich and provocative discourse, and this volume sourcebook will be useful to readers seeking to connect social and ecological issues in their educational work in community, classroom, or social movements.


DARLENE E. CLOVER is assistant professor of adult education in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

LILIAN H. HILL is education specialist and assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.


EDITORS’ NOTES (Lilian H. Hill, Darlene E. Clover).

1. Environmental Adult Education: Critique and Creativity in a Globalizing World (Darlene E. Clover)
Emerging principles and practices of environmental adult education provide a contemporary lens through which adult educators can examine globalization and make stronger links to grassroots and global activism.

2. Adult Education and Humanity’s Relationship with Nature Reflected in Language, Metaphor, and Spirituality: A Call to Action (Lilian H. Hill, Julie D. Johnston)
By reexamining our use of language and creating new metaphors, environmental adult educators can rebuild spiritual relationships with the rest of nature.

3. Environmental Justice: Environmental Adult Education at the Confluence of Oppressions (Robert J. Hill)
To be most effective, environmental adult education must include a social justice framework that addresses environmental racism and helps to build more equitable and democratic societies.

4. Environmental Adult Education and Community Sustainability (Jennifer Sumner)
The author presents ideas for a new framework of sustainability for adult education that can help communities survive and thrive in the age of globalization.

5. Environmental Popular Education and Indigenous Social Movements in India (Dip Kapoor)
Practical and theoretical considerations regarding environmental popular education with and for indigenous peoples struggling against destructive development practices in India are explored.

6. Environmental Adult Education: Women Living the Tensions (Lee Karlovic, Kathryn Patrick)
The authors describe women’s ecological learning in a workshop that moved them beyond a focus on individual change toward the connections between environmental problems, media and marketing, and activism.

7. Words for the World: Creating Critical Environmental Literacy for Adults (Ralf St. Clair)
Moving away from a focus on scientific knowledge, environmental adult literacy taps into the ecological wisdom of learners and stimulates more critical engagement.

8. Learning Environments and Environmental Education (Paul Bélanger)
An exploration of the concepts of an ecology of learning and learning environments can challenge ongoing antienvironmental practices in today’s educational systems.

9. Learning Patterns of Landscape and Life (Darlene E. Clover, Lilian H. Hill)
Drawing together the main themes of the chapters, the volume’s editors highlight the importance of the ecological dimension in adult education in today’s world and provide suggestions for further reading.