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Ecological Literacy : Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World

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The most important discoveries of the 20th century exist not in the realm of science, medicine, or technology, but rather in the dawning awareness of the earth's limits and how those limits will affect human evolution. Humanity has reached a crossroad where various ecological catastrophes meet what some call sustainable development. While a great deal of attention has been given to what governments, corporations, utilities, international agencies, and private citizens can do to help in the transition to sustainability, little thought has been given to what schools, colleges, and universities can do. Ecological Literacy asks how the discovery of finiteness affects the content and substance of education. Given the limits of the earth, what should people know and how should they learn it?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791408744
  • 9780791408742
  • 469,233

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The essays in this volume were written between 1984 and 1989 for different audiences and for different purposes. They represent an extended reflection on the crisis of sustainability now looming before the modern world, and what this portends for the theory and practice of education.
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"It is ahead of its time, and the momentum is clearly moving in the right direction. In a country that is now concerned about the failure of its public (and much of its private) education system, this book could be very influential. It addresses some of the same concerns as The Closing of the American Mind, but it is an incomparably better book, a 21st century book. I believe that the future of this country and western society depends upon public receipt of this message. Orr has exceptional vision." -- David Ehrenfeld, Rutgers University "It is ahead of its time, and the momentum is clearly moving in the right direction. In a country that is now concerned about the failure of its public (and much of its private) education system, this book could be very influential. It addresses some of the same concerns as The Closing of the American Mind, but it is an incomparably better book, a 21st century book. I believe that the future of this country and western society depends upon public receipt of this message. Orr has exceptional vision." -- David Ehrenfeld, Rutgers University
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About David W. Orr

David W. Orr is Professor of Environmental Studies at Oberlin College, and co-founder of the Meadowcreek Project, a non-profit environmental education organization. He is co-author of The Global Predicament, and co-editor of the SUNY Press series Environmental Public Policy.
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