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Environmental Science

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We welcome your help in curating this bibliography. To suggest additional resources, comments, or insights related to inclusive teaching, please contact the following librarians directly, or fill out this form.

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Databases & Terms Searched: 

We found articles by searching Web of Science, Environment Complete, Wildlife and Ecology Studies Worldwide, and ERIC. In all, we identified eight articles that specifically address these topics in at least one aspect. We utilized the terms: diversity, gender, inclusion/inclusivity, multicultural, minorities, instruction, learning, classroom, pedagogy and teaching in various combinations to identify articles.


While there are some inclusive education articles within the environmental science field, there is certainly potential for further study. Of the articles found, many related specifically to environmental education outside the classroom rather than undergraduate environmental science instruction. The one article that does address environmental science education in the undergraduate setting comes from an international perspective (Kutbiddinova, Eromasova, and Romanova), although the observations can certainly be applicable to a US context. That leaves many aspects of inclusive education unexamined.

Relevant Journals: 

The Journal of Environmental Education

Journal of Biological Education

International Journal of Environmental & Science Education


Root-Bernstein, M., Root-Bernstein, M., and Root-Bernstein, R. 2014. "Tools for Thinking Applied to Nature: An Inclusive Pedagogical Framework for Environmental Education." Oryx 48 (4):584-592.

Cole, A. G. 2007. "Expanding the Field: Revisiting Environmental Education Principles Through Multidisciplinary Frameworks." The Journal of Environmental Education 38 (2):35-45.

Jeschke, S., Dahlmann, N., Pfeiffer, O., Schroder, C., & Wilke, L. 2007. "Challenge Diversity: New Curricula in Natural Sciences, Computer Science and Engineering." 2007 37th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, Global Engineering: Knowledge without Borders - Opportunities without Passports 1- 4:632-637.

Li, H. L. 2006. "Rethinking Terrestrial Pedagogy: Nature, Cultures, and Ethics." Teachers College Record 108 (12):2450-2473.

Kutbiddinova, R., Eromasova, A., and Romanova, M. 2016. "The use of Interactive Methods in the Educational Process of the Higher Education Institution." International Journal of Environmental and Science Education 11 (14).

Contact Info

Eric Tans
Environmental Science Librarian
(517) 884-7808