Published in November 1996 (revised 2004, 2009) by NAAEE, Environmental
Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence provides a set of
recommendations for developing and selecting environmental education materials.
These guidelines aim to help developers of activity guides, lesson plans, and
other instructional materials produce high quality products, and to provide
educators with a tool to evaluate the wide array of available environmental
education materials. Developed through a process of critique and consensus, the
Guidelines are grounded in a common understanding of effective
environmental education. Over 1,000 practitioners and scholars in the field
(e.g., classroom teachers, education administrators, environmental scientists,
curriculum developers) participated in the review and development of this
document. A companion publication, Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence - The Workbook is also available to help educators apply The Materials Guidelines.
Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence points
out six key characteristics of high quality environmental education materials. For each
of these characteristics, there are listed some guidelines for environmental
education materials to follow. Finally, each guideline in accompanied by several
indicators listed under the heading "What to Look For." These indicators suggest
ways of gauging whether the materials being evaluated or developed follow the
guidelines. The Guidelines for Excellence offer a way of judging the
relative merit of different materials, a standard to aim for in developing new
materials, and a set of ideas about what well-rounded environmental education
curriculum might look like.
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