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Environmental Education

Environmental topics are relatively recent additions to the standard curriculum in most levels of education. As instructors work to meet the learning needs of their students in this field they face the challenge of finding accurate, current and appropriate material that they can use effectively.

Environmental education overlaps with most other physical and some social sciences so there is the potential for interdisciplinary education with other instructors. But because environmental topics are so new, in many cases the traditional education of the teachers did not includ these subjects. This topic of the EoE aims to meet these needs of instructors at various educational levels and over a range of subtopics.

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