Research can help you access that.
Research gives you examples of best practices, inspires new curriculum and initiatives, and helps you get funding. Best of all, it can give you the proof you need so that you can do what you are passionate about: whether that be launching a new program for seniors or getting your students outside during the school day.
Unfortunately, finding, accessing, and understanding research can be hard. It takes time, expertise, and - many times - money to get at the research articles.
We are happy to say - there is a new way to get environmental education research!
The North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE) has created a research library to help you get access the abundance of environmental education research. In collaboration with the Children & Nature Network and with support from the Pisces Foundation and Duke University, NAAEE has gathered over 1,200 research articles and crafted research summaries and syntheses on almost all of these. The summaries break down the technical articles and highlight key findings and results.
NAAEE has created a tutorial video to help you best utilize the tool.
The tutorial video walks you through how to use the research library. It shows the unique tools to search for and find data that you need – whether that’s by the age of learner it pertains to (from infancy to senior) or the year it was published.
The research tool is set up to align with the key words funders look for. Each article is assigned to one of five broad categories: education, conservation, health, social justice, human development.
The NAAEE research tool can also highlight some of the environmental education research being done in North Carolina! Our search of "North Carolina” gave us 11 results, covering topics like outdoor preschools and environmental literacy.
Have an idea on how to make this library better? Click here to share with NAAEE.