China's environmental issues have been the subject of global criticism long before authors Gerald McBeath and Jenifer Huang McBeath began their study, yet often overlooked are the sizable efforts of the Chinese people and government to change attitudes and behavior in order to improve environmental outcomes.
This much-needed book offers a comprehensive introduction to environmental education in China, from consideration of the environment in Confucian philosophy and provision of environmental education in schools and colleges, to the role of non-state actors and the media. The authors' examination of conditioning factors and educational variation within China - particularly their focus on the application of directives, new guidelines and analysis of teacher training in compulsory, secondary and college education - offers an insightful measure of the efficacy of environmental education over time.
This unique book will appeal to researchers, scholars and educators interested in the areas of comparative education and environmental studies, both in China and internationally.
Gerald A. McBeath, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Jenifer Huang McBeath, Professor of Plant Pathology and Biotechnology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, US, with Tian Qing and Huang Yu, Beijing Normal University, China
Contents: Introduction to China's Environmental Education Project 2. Confucianism as an Environmental Ethic 3. Environmental Education in China's Primary and Middle Schools 4. The Environment in Post-Secondary Education and the "Green University" in China 5. Environmental Education in China's Training of Teachers 6. The Media and Environmental Education 7. Non-state Actors (NSAs) and Environmental Education 8. Environmental Education Variation in China 9. Measuring Changes in Environmental Consciousness, Knowledge and Behavior 10. Environmental Education Differences in Greater China 11. Conclusion Index