Paper Summary

Direct link:

Critical Environmental Agency: Engaging Teachers With Citizen Science

Fri, April 17, 2:15 to 3:45pm, Virtual Room


This mixed methods study explores secondary teachers’ critical environmental agency
(CEA) through deepening content knowledge, engaging in identity development, developing a critical consciousness of place, and moving toward civic action. We explored the meanings secondary science teachers’ made of an on-going professional development focused on local watershed citizen science monitoring and the global implications of all water being connected. Data analyses focused on how the 20 teachers’ experiences and meanings were leveraged to develop CEA. Our findings broaden the understanding of how teachers, who teach historically underrepresented youth in low socioeconomic rural areas, come to see themselves as people who care about the environment and become empowered to envision a more sustainable future for their students and communities.