Through theoretical discussion as well as hands-on participatory
learning approaches, Thomashow provides concerned citizens,
teachers, and students with the tools needed to become reflective
environmentalists.Mitchell Thomashow, a preeminent educator, shows
how environmental studies can be taught from different perspective,
one that is deeply informed by personal reflection. Through
theoretical discussion as well as hands-on participatory learning
approaches, Thomashow provides concerned citizens, teachers, and
students with the tools needed to become reflective
environmentalists. What do I know about the place where I live?
Where do things come from? How do I connect to the earth? What is
my purpose as a human being? These are the questions that Thomashow
identifies as being at the heart of environmental education.
Developing a profound sense of oneself in relationship to natural
and social ecosystems is necessary grounding for the difficult work
of environmental advocacy. In this book he provides a clear and
accessible guide to the learning experiences that accompany the
construction of an "ecological identity": using the direct
experience of nature as a framework for personal decisions,
professional choices, political action, and spiritual inquiry.
Ecological Identity covers the different types of environmental
thought and activism (using John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, and
Rachel Carson as environmental archetypes, but branching out into
ecofeminism and bioregionalism), issues of personal property and
consumption, political identity and citizenship, and integrating
ecological identity work into environmental studies programs. Each
chapter has accompanying learning activities such as the Sense of
Place Map, a Community Network Map, and the Political Genogram,
most of which can be carried out on an individual basis. Although
people from diverse backgrounds become environmental activists and
enroll in environmental studies programs, they are rarely
encouraged to examine their own history, motivations, and
aspirations. Thomashow's approach is to reveal the depth of
personal experience that underlies contemporary environmentalism
and to explore, interpret, and nurture the learning spaces made
possible when people are moved to contemplate their experience of
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!