Delivering Research Results for Environmental Education: Strategy and Methodology

Research Project , Research Report 2003

MINO Takashi Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
YAMAJI Eiji Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
YANAGISAWA Yukio Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
SATO Jin Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo
SHIMADA Souhei Associate Professor, Dept. of Environmental Studies, The Univ. of Tokyo(Research Partners)
Roger BAUD Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology-Zurich, Switzerland
Jeffery STEINFELD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Gustavo Perrusquia Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

Abstract

Although the importance of environmentally friendly attitude has been pointed out, actual methodologies or contents of environmental education may not have been systematically organized. The AGS Taskforce for Environmental Education (AGS-TEE) has implemented Youth Encounter on Sustainability (Y.E.S.), which is an experimental program to develop methodologies for environmental education in a multicultural and interdisciplinary group of students. The AGS-TEE has also intended to structurize methodologies for environmental education by the use of outcomes from the Y.E.S. program. The present project is designated as the regional branch of the AGS-TEE’s international project. The Y.E.S. program can be recognized as a program to 1) focus on the understanding of the complex concept of sustainability, 2) emphasize the importance of social aspects like the minority issue, and 3) let the participants experience decision making process for sustainability. In the future, there is a need to develop a sustainability education program that should focus more on Asia, as Asia will be a key area for global sustainability.

Key Words:Environmental education, sustainability, Youth Encounter on Sustainability (Y.E.S.)