This book explores interdisciplinary approaches to animal-focused curriculum and pedagogy in environmental education, with an emphasis on integrating methods from the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. Each chapter, whether addressing curriculum, pedagogy, or both, engages with the extant literature in environmental education and other relevant fields to consider how interdisciplinary curricular and pedagogical practices shed new light on our understandings of and ethical/moral obligations to animals. Embracing theories like intersectionality, posthumanism, Indigenous cosmologies, and significant life experiences, and considering topics such as equine training, meat consumption and production, urban human-animal relationships, and zoos and aquariums, the chapters collectively contribute to the field by foregrounding the lives of animals. The volume purposefully steps forward from the historical marginalization of animals in educational research and practice.
Teresa Lloro-Bidart is Assistant Professor in the Liberal Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, USA.
Valerie Banschbach is Professor and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Roanoke College, USA.
Chapter 1. Introduction to Animals in Environmental Education: Whither Interdisciplinarity?, Teresa Lloro-Bidart and Valerie BanschbachChapter 2. What Can an Animal Liberation Perspective Contribute to Environmental Education?, Jan OakleyChapter 3. An Intersectional Approach to Teaching and Learning about Humans and Other Animals in Educational Contexts, Connie RussellChapter 4. Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Approaches to Interspecies Food Justice Pedagogies, Teresa Lloro-BidartChapter 5. Mutual Becomings? In Search of an Ethical Pedagogic Space in Human-Horse Relationships, Reingard SpannringChapter 6. Co-mingling Kin: Exploring Histories of Uneasy Human-Animal Relations as Sites for Ecological Posthumanist Pedagogies, Karen MaloneChapter 7. Attending To Nonhuman Animals In Pedagogical Relationships and Encounters, Joshua RussellChapter 8. The Call of Wild Stories: Crossing Epistemological Borders with Narrative Fiction, Jason Lukasik and Sam, A BearChapter 9. On the Origin of the Dragon: Evolving a Transdisciplinary Research Pedagogy, DB Poli and Lisa StonemanChapter 10. Coexisting in Multispecies Worlds: Arts-based Methodologies for Decolonial Pedagogies, Leesa Fawcett and Morgan JohnsonChapter 11. Connecting Animal Cognition and Emotion with Ethical Reasoning in the Classroom, Valerie Banschbach and Marwood Larson-HarrisChapter 12. Putting Meat on the (Classroom) Table: Problems of Denial and Communication, Rob Darst and Jane DawsonChapter 13. Significant Life Experiences and Animal-themed Education, Susan Caplow and Jennifer ThomsenAfterword