Access Type

Open Access Dissertation

Date of Award

January 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name



Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Thomas Edwards


The conservation, preservation, and protection of the environment are responsibilities that must be globally shared by human beings to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED, 1987, p. 43). When citizens acquire the knowledge and skills needed to become agents of change, the lack of interconnectedness – a relationship to nature as one of dominion and control – that presently exists between humans and nature might subside (Winograd, 2016). Through the re-orientation of the present educational system and the development of curricula that addresses the present day environmental crisis, citizens can become aware of the need to work together towards sustainability (The United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD, 2005-2014).