A Participative Action Research Model for Environmental Education for Sustainability and Policy Management in Rural Villages: Local Agenda 21 and Environmental Education Skills

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To educate for the sustainability in the societies of century XXI is an urgent and irreversible necessity. The Local Agendas-21 Program was born of the Summit of Rio-92. This program has begun to be effective and to be applied after one decade. On Rio+10 it was urged on countries as an excellent opportunity to promote and to involve people on the local level and to sensitize them to take care of the environment.

In this paper we present the benefits reached in several rural populations that appear where these programs have been implemented recently. The methodology used has been participative action-research. This methodology promotes and actively sensitizes people to become aware of local problems by developing diagnostic skills and strategic plans for commitment to socio-environmental change. These changes was inspired by a high social consensus between politicians and citizens.

The benefits achieved were assesed with a system of indicators constructed with the community and supported by experts in social research.

Keywords: Local Agenda-21, Environmental Education, Local Sustainability, Citizen Participation, Action Research
Stream: Natural, Environmental and Health Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. José Gutiérrez-Pérez

Head Quality & Evaluation, Faculty of Education, University of Granada
Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Director of Environment Methodology Research Group
Educational Methdodology Research Department
Campus de Cartuja s/n 18071 GRANADA (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 Quality and Evaluation Unit of the
University of Granada, 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 centres 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. Correspondence: José Gutiérrez Pérez, Faculty of
Sciences Education, Educational Methodology Research Department, University of Granada,
Campus de Cartuja s/n 18071, Granada, Spain (jguti@ugr.es).

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