Experiential Environmental Learning: A Case Study of Innovative Pedagogy in Baja Sur, Mexico
AuthorSchneller, Andrew Jon
Committee ChairArenas, Alberto
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis mixed methods case study describes an innovative two-semester middle school environmental learning course that departs from traditional Mexican expository pedagogy through the incorporation of experiential and service learning. This research takes place in a small middle school in Pescadero, Baja California Sur, Mexico. The research approach utilized in the study adds to the handful of studies in this cross-disciplinary field by employing quantitative methodologies to measure course outcomes on student environmental knowledge, perceptions, and actions, while simultaneously qualitatively describing the behavioral, educational, environmental, and social experiences of students. This research employs Dewey's theories of experience -- as well as those of more contemporary authenticity theorists -- in order to identify the philosophies that advocate incorporating experiential pedagogy within the curriculum. Implications for Mexican educational policy, practical pedagogical applications, and theory are discussed.
Degree ProgramTeaching & Teacher Education