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Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Myers, Gene (O. Gene)

Second Advisor

Vélez, Verónica N. (Verónica Nelly)

Third Advisor

French, Kristen

Fourth Advisor

Rossiter, David A.


This work seeks to understand the conditions leading the degradation of Earth in order to discover pedagogy for restoration. The degradation of natural environments and of social conditions is identified as a significantly anthropogenic process. This suggests that degradation of Earth is a moral issue and thus human morality and its development are explored in depth. Individual moral development is found to be deeply related to socialization and provides insight into how and why we fail to live to our potential as a naturally moral species. However, through education we can achieve a greater potential. This process cannot be scripted, but certain elements of such pedagogy are explored as both educational processes and precursors to education. We must help students meet their basic needs, center their own identities and experience while simultaneously emphasizing community and relationships, and help them to find a sense of purpose. These efforts facilitate restoration by helping students reach a physical and emotional place that is conducive to learning and self-efficacy so that they may engage in the project of restoration in their own way.





Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Ecology--Study and teaching; Environmental education




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