After assessing my interests and deciding that I would love to integrate education, ethnic studies, and art, I had a meeting with the Environmental Education teacher at the grad school, Greg Smith. He pointed me towards a plethora of interesting resources, including books, articles, journals and websites that are all very close to what I would like to concentrate on. The UNESCO report will help me situate my project, while the books that he recommended will help with merging my three different interests.
I am thinking of situating my concentration in a country with a strong indigenous culture, possibly New Zealand since the Maori culture is still somewhat integrated into the general culture. Studying this would help me draw a connection between the relationship people have with their surroundings related to what attitudes they have about environmental issues. This is important because it would be a sort of case study for growing up with experiential environmental education. I’m interested in this because I believe that education is a long term process that instills certain values that need to be developed over time.
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