Dear Resource Hub User,
The North American Association for Environmental Education describe six guidelines for excellent environmental education (EE) materials that are summarized below:
- Fairness and accuracy - EE materials should be fair and accurate in describing environmental problems, issues, and conditions, and in reflecting the diversity of perspectives on them.
- Depth - EE materials should foster awareness of the natural and built environment, an understanding of environmental concepts, conditions, and issues, and an awareness of the feelings, values, attitudes, and perceptions at the heart of environmental issues, as appropriate for different developmental levels.
- Emphasis on skills building - EE materials should build lifelong skills that enable learners to address environmental issues.
- Action orientation - EE materials should promote civic responsibility, encouraging learners to use their knowledge, personal skills, and assessments of environmental problems and issues as a basis for environmental problem solving and action.
- Instructional soundness - EE materials should rely on instructional techniques that create an effective learning environment.
- Usability - EE materials should be well designed and easy to use.
While we try our best to ensure the resources featured on our Hub are consistent with these guidelines, we also recognize that certain resources may be stronger in some areas than others. In particular, while we try to ensure that all resources meet the above requirements, we cannot guarantee this in every case.
One of the tenets of excellent teaching in the classroom is to encourage students to engage in critical thinking. We invite teachers to apply these same critical thinking skills when using resources found on the Hub or elsewhere by asking questions such as the following:
1. Is this resource based on a credible source of information?
2. Who authored the work? Why?
3. Who funded the work?
4. What biases might be present? Are there any hidden agendas or interests?
5. What are the underlying assumptions or narratives? What are these based on?
6. Are the right questions being asked?
7. Are multiple perspectives presented, and are these perspectives honest and explicit?
The ACEE Team