Development of ecological place meaning in New York City

Alex Russ, Scott J. Peters, Marianne E. Krasny, Richard C. Stedman

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Urban environmental education helps students to recognize ecological features and practices of cities. To understand the value and practice of developing such ecological place meaning, we conducted narrative research with educators and students in urban environmental education programs in the Bronx, New York City. Narratives showed that educators are cultivating ecological place meaning to help students appreciate ecological aspects of cities, and develop their imagination of how their environment could be improved. Such ecological place meaning is nurtured through direct experiences with the urban environment, social interactions within educational programs and communities, and development of students ecological identity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-93
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Environmental Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • New York City
  • ecological identity
  • ecological place meaning
  • narratives
  • sense of place
  • urban environmental education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Environmental Science


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