Teaching Climate Change in the United States


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About the Author

Joseph Henderson is a lecturer in the Department of Environment and Society at Paul Smith's College of the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, where he teaches courses in the environmental social sciences. He is trained as an anthropologist of environmental and science education, and his research investigates how sociocultural, political, and geographic factors influence teaching and learning in emerging energy and climate systems. He completed a PhD at the University of Rochester, where he conducted ethnographic analyses of science learning, sustainability education, and educational policy. His post-doctoral work at the University of Delaware examined the emerging field of climate change education from a learning sciences and educational policy perspective.

Andrea Drewes is an assistant professor in the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling at Rider University, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where she teaches courses in teacher education. She is trained as a learning scientist, and her research has focused on teacher preparation for climate change instruction and student learning outcomes in climate science education. She completed a PhD at the University of Delaware, where she investigated personal, professional, and political influences on science teacher identity development for teaching climate change through a narrative inquiry with climate change educators.


"Climate change is not just the greatest crisis we face, it's also a prism through which to understand the world: politics, economics, psychology, you name it. That's why, as this book makes clear, this can be an exciting if solemn moment for educators willing to take on the real meaning of our moment." -- Bill McKibben, author of 'Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?', USA

"Classroom teachers and educators of all types have long understood that teaching climate change can't stop at the science. Young people are hungry for action. Teaching Climate Change in the United States is the first-of-its-kind effort to show the breadth and depth at which true climate education - education that engages and empowers young people to take on the defining crisis of our time - is already happening across our country. This is a book to encourage and inspire climate educators of all types to know that they are not alone, but are instead one piece of a growing and vital climate education and action community." -- Rebecca Anderson, Director of Education, Alliance for Climate Education, USA

"It is encouraging to see a US-based collection address how education can challenge forms of climate denial which limit our collective capacity for action. Research recognizes that climate change education needs to go beyond scientific literacy to also engage learners in psycho-social and behavioral understanding. This book brings this alive through practical examples from settings across the US." -- Marcia McKenzie, Director, Sustainability and Education Policy Network, Canada