The chapter provides an account of the development of environmental education in schools and in higher education. Environmental degradation is now a matter for concern in China, especially given the country’s rapid economic growth. The chapter argues that environmental education has benefited from the traditional Chinese concept of social learning or tianren heyi, which regards humanity as an integral part of nature. It concludes that sustainable development should continue to see greater government investment in environmental education and co-operation with non-governmental organizations.
Qing Tian, Yu Huang, Gerald A. McBeath and Jenifer Huang McBeath
Gerald A. McBeath, Jenifer Huang McBeath, Tian Qing and Huang Yu
China’s environmental problems increasingly attract global attention, yet critics often overlook the sizable efforts of the Chinese people and government to change attitudes and behavior, in order to improve environmental outcomes. This much-needed book provides a comprehensive introduction to environmental education in China. After consideration of the environment in Chinese philosophy, the authors focus on application of directives and new guidelines to compulsory, secondary and college education, and also analyze the way in which teachers are trained. They then examine conditioning factors, such as the media and NGOs, as well as the variation of education within China, and attempt to measure the efficacy of environmental education over time.