The Domain of Environmental Literacy - Framework

by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)

 

We have adopted NAAEE's wonderful Domain of Environmental Literacy Framework to guide the thinking and learning of our projects. Developed for educators this framework utilizes a  continuous learning loop that allows students to reflect on their own learning and growth in the area of environmental literacy -- throughout their lives.

KNOWLEDGE

What you know about:

- Physical and ecological systems

- Social, cultural and political systems

- Environmental issues

- Multiple solutions to environmental issues

- Citizen participation and action strategies

DISPOSITIONS

How you respond to environmental issues:

- Sensitivity

- Attitudes and concerns toward the environment

- Assumption of personal responsibility

- Locus of control/self efficacy

- Motivation and intention to act

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COMPETENCIES

Skills and abilities that you know how and when to apply:

- Identify environmental issues

- Ask relevant questions about environmental conditions and issues.

- Analyze environmental issues

- Investigate environmental issues (scientific, and social and emotional aspects of issues using primary and secondary sources.)

- Evaluate and make personal judgments about environmental issues (the interaction between environmental conditions and sociopolitical systems)

- Use evidence and knowledge to select and defend one's own position(s) to resolve issues

- Create and evaluate plans at various scales/levels to resolve environmental issues.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR

Involvement in intentional and habitual behaviors, individually or as a member of a group, that work towards solving current problems and preventing new ones.

- Physical and ecological systems

- Social, cultural and political systems

- Environmental issues

- Multiple solutions to environmental issues

- Citizen participation and action strategies

Contexts

Personal, social and physical