Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment at WWU
See also: Undergraduate Courses
Examination of the principles and processes of education about and for the environment. Review of theory practice of environmental education in a variety of programmatic settings.
Critical review and analysis of approaches to research, evaluation and assessment in environmental education. Application of research approaches, designs and methods in practical settings.
Studies the natural history of the North Cascades to understand the basic ecological, hydrological, and geological principles operating there. Explores the diverse processes of scientific inquiry that have been applied to study the landscape. Includes examination of how natural history and scientific inquiry into natural processes may be incorporated into interdisciplinary environmental education programs.
Supervised filed experience in teaching about natural and cultural history in an environmental learning center setting.
Capstone course for students completing master's work in environmental education. Reflection on program; writing and presentation of research and curriculum projects during the course of the master's program.
Critical examination of the psychological and educational research bases for environmental education. Introduction to research methods used to integrate environmental behavior change, learning about the environment, development of environmental responsibility, and formation of ecological ethics, across the life span. Course employs lecture, discussion, student presentation, and research practica.
This course focuses on the relationship between the metaphorical nature of language and discourse, with an end to better understand different views of the natural environment.
Examination of all aspects of curriculum for environmental education, especially in the non-formal setting of environmental learning centers, nature centers and outdoor schools. Curriculum theory and methodology appropriate to these settings will be studied, as will processes of curriculum design. Current programs and materials will be reviewed. Students will practice the skills of preparing curriculum and learning materials.