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Characterization of Environmental Education in Spanish Geography Textbooks

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Departamento de Geografía y Ordenación del Territorio, Facultad de Humanidades de Albacete, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, 02071 Albacete, Spain
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CEIP San Isidro, 45690 Toledo, Spain
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Academic Editors: Marc A. Rosen and María Liusa de Lázaro y Torres
Sustainability 2021, 13(3), 1159; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031159
Received: 30 November 2020 / Revised: 18 January 2021 / Accepted: 19 January 2021 / Published: 22 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geographical Education for Sustainable Development)
Environmental problems endanger the sustainability and survival of our planet. A way to raise awareness of the seriousness of the current environmental situation among future citizens and instill proactive behaviors that place the environment at the center of decision-making is environmental education. This study analyzes nine primary and secondary education textbooks in order to see what environmental education students receive as part of the subject of geography across the years of compulsory education in Spain. These textbooks are published by three different and main companies, which are a good example of the adaptation of the official curriculum. The study was conducted using the design and development of a coding sheet combining analysis of format (quantitative) and content (qualitative). The results show much room for improvement there is in environmental education in Spain. This improvement should start from the organization of the curriculum and its subsequent transposition into the textbooks. Thus, many changes are needed if we wish to build a society capable of effectively solving the threat of the environmental problems that surround us. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental education; geography; textbook; education for sustainable development; Spain environmental education; geography; textbook; education for sustainable development; Spain
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García-González, J.A.; García Palencia, S.; Sánchez Ondoño, I. Characterization of Environmental Education in Spanish Geography Textbooks. Sustainability 2021, 13, 1159. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031159

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García-González JA, García Palencia S, Sánchez Ondoño I. Characterization of Environmental Education in Spanish Geography Textbooks. Sustainability. 2021; 13(3):1159. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031159

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García-González, Juan A., Saúl García Palencia, and Irene Sánchez Ondoño. 2021. "Characterization of Environmental Education in Spanish Geography Textbooks" Sustainability 13, no. 3: 1159. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031159

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