Education and Environmental Meaning

The study of environmental meaning and education, which seeks to strengthen and create better learning environments, has not been confined to a single theory or field of knowledge. The following references illustrate the psychological/ecological approach to the study of environmental meaning and education. This approach takes into account the complexity of people-environment relations as they occur in socio-historic processes. The connections between the readings might not be self evident. For readers new to this subject, it would be useful to start with Altman & Rogoff’s article on world views in psychology (Altman & Rogoff, 1987). The specific worldview that guides the ecological approach here is transactional and assumes a relational nature in the creation of meaning.

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