ChangeScale and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) have collaborated with researchers at Stanford University to create this 12th issue of the Environmental Education Research Bulletin. Talented environmental educators are conducting high-quality programs, collaborating with communities, using hands-on strategies, and making critical links that help enhance environmental awareness, build skills, and support informed action. Yet, many of these committed professionals lack the time to keep up on the latest research, which may provide insight into how to improve the effectiveness of their work. We hope these Research Bulletins can bridge research and practice by summarizing recently reported research and helping practitioners use findings to enhance their programs.
This issue includes synopses of peer-reviewed journal articles that are particularly relevant for frontline environmental education practitioners. We reviewed issues (published between July and December 2016) of a number of environmental education-related journals, including Journal of Environmental Education, Environmental Education Research, Applied Environmental Education & Communication, Australian Journal of Environmental Education, Journal of Experiential Education, Science Education, Journal of Interpretation Research, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Visitor Studies.
We want these bulletins to be as useful as possible, so please send your feedback on additional topics or journals you would like us to cover, as well as alternative formats that may be helpful. Send suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to check out and contribute to the research blog on eePRO , NAAEE’s professional development community. To join the eePRO community section devoted to research and evaluation, visit: https://naaee.org/eepro/groups/research-and-evaluation. You may also be interested in the NSF-funded Relating Research to Practice resource, a joint effort of the Exploratorium, the University of Washington, King’s College London, and the Afterschool Alliance. The website is available at: http://relatingresearchtopractice.org/.
Thanks for all you do, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Elizabeth C. Babcock, Ph.D.
Chief Public Engagement Officer & Roberts-Wilson Dean of Education
California Academy of Sciences
North American Association for Environmental Education
Nicole M. Ardoin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Stanford University