Environmental Citizenship Training Skills: A Sustainable Management Municipalities with Action Research & Local Agenda 21

By José Gutiérrez-Pérez and Fátima Poza-Vilches.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The program Local Agendas-21 (LA21), born at the Rio ’92 Earth Summit, provides training skills to involve people in local administration and to sensitize them to care for the environment. In this paper, we present the benefits achieved in eleven rural villages where LA21 programs have been implemented recently. The research methodology used was Participatory Action Research (PAR), a methodology that promotes awareness of local problems and sensitizes people to become active through diagnostic skills and strategic plans to foster commitment to socio-environmental change.

Keywords: Local Agenda-21, Environmental Education, Local Sustainability, Citizen Participation, Action Research Methodology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 5, pp.151-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 830.067KB).

Dr. José Gutiérrez-Pérez

PGC Secondary Initial Training Teachers, Postgraduate Training Centre, Faculty of Sciences Education, University of Granada, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

JOSÉ GUTIÉRREZ-PÉREZ is senior lecturer in educational research methods in the Faculty of Education at the University of Granada (Spain), where he teaches program evaluation and research methodologies in environmental education. He is head of the PGC of Training Secondary Teachers; director of the Environmental Education Research Group, and was also winner of the National Educational Research Spanish Prize in 2004. His research focuses upon the evaluation of environmental education centers and the assessment of their educational programs. He played a key role in the development of the Spanish National Strategy for Environmental Education. He has published a number of books and is a member of the editorial board of several international environmental education journals. This paper has been supported by the I+D+i Research Program of the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation, Project EDU2008-03898: “Education for the Environmental Citizenship: Quality Evaluation of Environmental Education Training Programs” Correspondence: José Gutiérrez-Pérez, Faculty of Sciences Education, Educational Methodology Research Department, University of Granada, Campus de Cartuja s/n 18071, Granada, Spain

Dr. Fátima Poza-Vilches

Assistant Professor, Methodology Research Departament, Faculty of Sciences Education, University of Granada, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

FÁTIMA POZA-VILCHEZ is associate professor in educational research methods at the Faculty of Education, University of Granada (Spain), where she teaches methodology research in social programs. Her main research is focused on young people and environmental education using action research methodologies. She played a key role in the development of the Granada Strategy for Sociocultural Young People. She has published a number of books and papers in journals on environmental education. Correspondence: Fátima Poza-Vilchez, Faculty of Sciences Education, Educational Methodology Research Department, University of Granada, Campus de Cartuja s/n 18071, Granada, Spain

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