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  • Main Title Cultivating the Ecological Conscience: Smith, Orr, and Bowers on Ecological Education


  • Author: Hoelscher, David W.
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Hargrove, Eugene C., 1944-
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Rozzi, Ricardo
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Frodeman, Robert
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2009-12


  • English


  • Content Description: During the past two decades, one of the positive developments in academia has been the emergence of a sizable literature pertaining to ecological education-the theory and practice of preparing children and adults alike for ecologically responsible citizenship. Gregory A. Smith, David W. Orr, and C. A. Bowers are three of the more prolific writers in the field. Smith critiques modern primary and secondary education and argues for, and paints a picture of, an alternative "green pedagogy" that seeks to inculcate in students strong community and ecological values. Orr focuses on the social and ethical problems associated with the environmental crisis and the changes that colleges and universities need to make in order to become propagators of, rather than impediments to, a widespread diffusion of ecological literacy. Bowers emphasizes the role that ecologically problematic modern cultural assumptions play in blinkering the ecological vision of most educational theorists and in preventing the flowering of an eco-justice pedagogy. Each writer seeks the transformation of both education and culture with a view toward realizing ecological sustainability, strong communities, social justice, and moral edification. They neglect or ignore some important subjects, including animal welfare ethics, politics, and corporate influence on governments.


  • Keyword: Education
  • Keyword: ecological conscience
  • Keyword: environmental ethics
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Smith, Gregory A., 1948-
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Orr, David W., 1944-
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Bowers, C. A.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Environmental education.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Environmental sciences -- Study and teaching.


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Hoelscher, David W.
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 591090067
  • UNT Catalog No.: b3824907
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc12133


  • Degree Name: Master of Arts
  • Degree Level: Master's
  • Degree Discipline: Philosophy
  • Academic Department: Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas