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Environmental Education in Costa Rica: Building a Framework for Sustainable Development?

Blum, Nicole (2008) Environmental Education in Costa Rica: Building a Framework for Sustainable Development? International Journal of Educational Development, 28 (3). pp. 348-358. ISSN 0738-0593

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Abstract

Environmental education is commonly claimed to be at the centre of efforts to achieve sustainable development. Since the 1980s, Costa Rica has been one of the acknowledged leaders in efforts to promote environmental learning, and national policy includes a threefold national development strategy which simultaneously promotes education, conservation and ecotourism. As of yet, however, what is happening ‘on the ground’ has not been examined in much detail. This article addresses this gap in the literature by providing an overview of the diverse programmes and actors involved in environmental education in Costa Rica, as well as analysing the politics of its implementation.

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Additional Information: The article provides an overview of the diverse programmes and actors involved in environmental education in Costa Rica, and then gives an analysis of the politics of its implementation in the country. It uses a research methodology (ethnography) which has been relatively neglected within existing research in the field. It is also an original addition to work on environmental management and sustainable development in Costa Rica, which has often been identified as a model of good practice in these areas. In terms of impact, it was the second most downloaded article in this highly regarded journal for the second quarter of 2008, and was downloaded 969 times in the first 6 months of the year. This indicates a high degree of interest in the subject matter from within the international education research community.
Controlled Keywords: Ethnography, , Central America, , Environmental issues , environmental education, , sustainable development, , Costa Rica
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Geography, Enterprise, Mathematics and Science
IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2009 15:11
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:57
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