"For environmental educators who are searching for theoretical
foundations that support critical dialogue on why humans must care
for nature, Postma gives a strong theoretical introduction to this
under-explored field with extremely important consequences for the
planet s survival."
- Greg W. Misiaszek, Book Review in InterActions: UCLA Journal
of Education and Information Studies, Vol. 5, Issue 1, 2009
The book addresses those educational professionals,
policy-makers, academic researchers, students and scholars who are
somehow involved in the discourse on environmental education and
sustainable development. While the book is first and foremost a
research monograph, it might be used as an introduction to
environmental philosophy by postgraduate students in educational
studies, or as an introduction to educational issues by
postgraduate students in environmental studies. While the issues
discussed are complex and abstract, the book is readable for a
general audience. No specific knowledge and philosophical training
are assumed. New terms, distinctions and jargon are introduced and
explicated by the author. Furthermore, the crucial insights and
arguments are frequently restated in intermediate summaries and
That the subject area of environmental education is widely
studied, discussed and taught is manifest in the widespread
dissemination of journals on environmental education (there are at
least five journals in the English speaking world), the manifold
conferences and the existence of locally rooted networks of
researchers, policy-makers and practitioners on this subject.
Furthermore, the last few years, the subject of environmental
education has attracted much attention in general academic media
(take for instance the special issues of the Journal of Philosophy
of Education, Cambridge Journal of Education, Education Philosophy
and Theory). Moreover, the recent declaration of the upcoming
decade of 2005-2015 as the United Nations Decade on Education for
Sustainable Development is likely to increase potential readership
in the near future. The subject of environmental education appears
to be of particular importance in Australia and New Zealand, where
the evident need for nature conservation and protection against
ultraviolet radiation has granted relevance to environmental
concerns in connection to educational concerns
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