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title alternative
The Present State and Issues of Environmental Education in China: A focus on higher education
creator
Liu, Yijing
subject
Environmental Education
Higher Education
Aesthetic Education
ESD
環境教育
高等教育
感性教育
NDC
Education
abstract
China has undergone very rapid economic growth during the past decades. This development, however, has not been achieved without significant costs. The costs include serious environmental problems, such as air and soil pollution, desertification and deforestation. China’s vast resources have enabled the unsustainable use of the natural resources and the environment for several decades, however, as the problems are getting more and more serious and evident, the consciousness is slowly shifting towards the realization of the environmental impacts of economic growth. Traditional environmental education concentrating mainly on cleaner technology has been present in China since 1979, however, not enough attention has been paid to comprehensive environmental quality that encompasses the education of emotions and attitudes, that is aesthetic education, towards the environment. This includes the need for comprehensive environmental education training of teachers, as they have the responsibility of conveying the environmental awareness to the next generation of primary, middle and high school students. This article looked at the present state of environmental education in China, paying special attention to the curricula for students in higher education including teacher education programs, and the amount and quality of environmental education they receive. It was found that while environmental education was present in some curricula, it was few in number. Several issues were pointed out as 1) formation of students’ awareness about environment rather than technology, 2) introduction of practical and experiential methods to environmental education, 3) consideration of environmental education in non-professional general education, and 4) strengthening environmental education in teacher education programs.
journal title
Bulletin of the Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University. Part 1, Learning and curriculum development
issue
Issue 66
start page
53
end page
62
date of issued
2017-12-22
publisher
広島大学大学院教育学研究科
issn
1346-5546
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language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Graduate School of Education
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