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Educating at the Nexus of the Physical and Environmental

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31 October 2023
Manuscript submission deadline
31 December 2023
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To educate on the nexus of the physical and environmental [1] becomes increasingly important given the many challenges faced on the physical environmental level. Some studies exist on attitudes of environmental education in physical education [2] the contributions of physical education to environmental education [3-6], the contribution of environmental education to physical education [7-10], the coverage of environmental education in Physical Education related journals [11], the relationship between Environmental Education, Education for Sustainable Development and Physical Education [12,13] integrating environmental education issues in physical education curriculum to achieve sustainable educational goals [14]. There is also the nexus between physical activity and environmental education [15-17], physical activity and sustainability [17-21], physical activity through the lens of sustainability development [22,23], physical activity and the sustainable development goals [24], physical education and sustainable development goals [21,25-36]. Studies also look at the nexus of environmental policies including the built environment and physical activity and excercise [37-53], the issue of walkability as an environmental policy and physical activity [54-59], walkability and physical education [55,60] and walkability and sustainability[52]. However, there is a lot of space for further theoretical, review and empirical engagement with all the intersections especially in the context of education. Interestingly there seems to be no studies that looked at the impact of environmental activism on physical education or physical activity and coverage of the physical impact of environmental activism as a topic in environmental education.

This Topic area covers submission types covered by the participating journals that cover the intersection of the physical with the environmental through on educational lens.

  1. Riley, K.; Proctor, L. A physical education/environmental education nexus: Transdisciplinary approaches to curriculum for a sense of belonging. Australian Journal of Environmental Education 2021, 10.1017/aee.2021.29, doi:10.1017/aee.2021.29.
  2. Baena-Extremera, A.; Granero-Gallegos, A. Quasi-experimental study on attitudes of environmental education in physical education. Cultura, Ciencia y Deporte 2014, 9, 25-33, doi:10.12800/ccd.v9i25.386.
  3. BetrÁN, J.O. Escenaris i ambients de l'educació física. / Scenarios and Environments for Physical Education. Apunts: Educació Física i Esports 2011, 5-8.
  4. Heck, D. The State of Environmental Education in the Australian School Curriculum. Australian Journal of Environmental Education 2003, 19, 115-124, doi:10.1017/S081406260000152X.
  5. Hernandez, C.R.A. Social representations of environmental education in physical education classes of students and teachers of educational establishments of the IX region of Araucania, Chile. Retos-Nuevas Tendencias En Educacion Fisica Deporte Y Recreacion 2022, 485-495.
  6. International Conference on Sustainability Management. In Proceedings of 2020 International Conference on Sustainability Management, ICSM 2020, January 15, 2020 - January 17, 2020, Bangkok, Thailand; pp. CSU Channel Islands Camarillo, CA; Ding Li Education Group; International Center for Organization and Innovation Studies (ICOIS); Krirk University; Liaoning University.
  7. dos Santos, R.M.; Keim, E.J.; Domingues, S.C. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AN EMANCIPATORY PROPOSAL IN SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION. Dialogia 2021, 10.5585/38.2021.18614, doi:10.5585/38.2021.18614.
  8. Huang, Y.; Reynoso, L.C. Based on physical self-concept to discuss the effect of environmental education on health-related physical education. Ekoloji 2018, 27, 1645-1651.
  9. Karrow, D.D.; Digiuseppe, M.; Fazio, X.E. Teasing through a "Rhetoric of Integration": Moving Environmental Education from the Margins to the Mainstream. AERA Online Paper Repository: 2016.
  10. Neto, J.D.S.; Rocha, A.M. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PRACTICES IN THE TRAINING OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS. Educacion Fisica Y Deporte 2018, 37, 121-154, doi:10.17533/udea.efyd.v37n2a02.
  11. De Paula Figueiredo, J.; Schwartz, G.M. Adventure activities and environmental education in Physical Education journals. Motriz. Revista de Educacao Fisica 2013, 19, 467-479, doi:10.1590/s1980-65742013000200024.
  12. Osborne, R.; Batista, W.A. Physical education in the decade of education for sustainable development. Motriz. Revista de Educacao Fisica 2010, 16, 28-36.
  13. Osborne, R. Physical education in the decade of education for sustainable development: a study with Brazilian physical education teachers and educators. Human Movement 2012, 13, 280-287.
  14. Yuan, W.; Shih, K.T.; Lin, C.J. Research on the Integration of Inquiry-based Approach into the Environmental Education of Sustainable Development. In Proceedings of IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science.
  15. Barlow, J. One Foot after the Other. Alternatives Journal (AJ) - Canada's Environmental Voice 2005, 31, 7-7.
  16. Martin, J.; Mathews, J.; Jan, M.; Holden, C. Restructuring activity and place: Augmented reality games on handhelds. In Proceedings of International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a Learning World - 8th International Conference for the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2008, June 23, 2008 - June 28, 2008, Utrecht, Netherlands; pp. 35-42.
  17. Santos-Pastor, M.L.; Ruiz-Montero, P.J.; Chiva-Bartoll, O.; Baena-Extremera, A.; Martínez-Muñoz, L.F. Environmental Education in Initial Training: Effects of a Physical Activities and Sports in the Natural Environment Program for Sustainable Development. Front. Psychol. 2022, 13, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2022.867899.
  18. Clopton, A.W. Sustaining the Physical Activity Effort. Strategies (08924562) 2012, 25, 36-37, doi:10.1080/08924562.2012.10592172.
  19. Rohana, A.J.; Aiba, N.; Yoshiike, N.; Miyoshi, M. Japan for sustainability in health through a new movement of food and nutrition education 'Shokuiku'. Int. Med. J. 2011, 18, 21-28.
  20. Puciato, D.; Rozpara, M. Physical Activity of Male and Female University Students as a Manifestation of Sustainable Development. In World Sustainability Series, 2021; 10.1007/978-3-030-59820-4_6pp 85-94.
  21. Baena-Morales, S.; Ferriz-Valero, A.; Campillo-Sánchez, J.; González-Víllora, S. Sustainability awareness of in-service physical education teachers. Education Sciences 2021, 11, doi:10.3390/educsci11120798.
  22. Lake, J.R.; Stratton, G.; Martin, D.; Money, M. Physical education and sustainable development: An untrodden path. Quest 2001, 53, 471-482, doi:10.1080/00336297.2001.10491759.
  23. Posso Pacheco, R.J.; Cóndor Chicaiza, M.G.; Cóndor Chicaiza, J.R.; Núñez Sotomayor, L.F.X. Sustainable environmental development: a new approach to physical education for post-pandemic in Ecuador. Revista Venezolana de Gerencia 2022, 27, 464-478, doi:10.52080/rvgluz.27.98.6.
  24. Macassa, G. Can sustainable health behaviour contribute to ensuring healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages (SDG 3)? A viewpoint. Journal of Public Health Research 2021, 10, doi:10.4081/jphr.2021.2051.
  25. Baena-Morales, S.; Merma-Molina, G.; Gavilán-Martín, D. What do Physical Education teachers know about the Sustainable Development Goals? A qualitative-exploratory study. Retos 2021, 42, 452-463, doi:10.47197/RETOS.V42I0.87724.
  26. Baena-Morales, S.; Urrea-Solano, M.; Gavilán-Martin, D.; Ferriz-Valero, A. Development and validation of an instrument to assess the level of sustainable competencies in future physical education teachers. PESD-FT questionnaire. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education 2022, 10.1108/JARHE-09-2021-0330, doi:10.1108/JARHE-09-2021-0330.
  27. Burnett, C. From policy to practice for school sport: Lessons from South Africa. Journal of Physical Education and Sport 2020, 20, 1754-1761, doi:10.7752/jpes.2020.04238.
  28. Burnett, C. Key findings of a national study on school sport and physical education in South African public schools. South African Journal for Research in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation 2020, 42, 43-60.
  29. Dudley, D.; Cairney, J. Physical literacy: Answering the call for quality education and sustainable development. Prospects 2021, 50, 5-11, doi:10.1007/s11125-020-09512-y.
  30. Fröberg, A.; Lundvall, S. The distinct role of physical education in the context of agenda 2030 and sustainable development goals: An explorative review and suggestions for future work. Sustainability (Switzerland) 2021, 13, doi:10.3390/su132111900.
  31. García-Rico, L.; Martínez-Muñoz, L.F.; Santos-Pastor, M.L.; Chiva- Bartoll, O. Service-learning in physical education teacher education: a pedagogical model towards sustainable development goals. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 2021, 22, 747-765, doi:10.1108/IJSHE-09-2020-0325.
  32. Lohmann, J.; Breithecker, J.; Ohl, U.; Giess-Stueber, P.; Brandl-Bredenbeck, H.P. Teachers' Professional Action Competence in Education for Sustainable Development: A Systematic Review from the Perspective of Physical Education. Sustainability 2021, 13, doi:10.3390/su132313343.
  33. Lynch, T. United nations sustainable development goals: Promoting health and well-being through physical education partnerships. Cogent Education 2016, 3, doi:10.1080/2331186X.2016.1188469.
  34. Savelyeva, I.P.; Danilova, I.V.; Karpushkina, A.V.; Kilina, I.P. Physical activity, health and environment among the priorities of sustainable development of the regions. Human Sport Medicine 2021, 21, 141-152, doi:10.14529/hsm21s122.
  35. Yermilova, V.V.; Murtazina, G.H. Outreach of sustainable development principles in physical culture and sports. Asia Life Sciences 2019, 139-157.
  36. Yevtuch, M.B.; Fedorets, V.M.; Klochko, O.V.; Kravets, N.P.; Branitska, T.R. Ecological and axiological reflection of the concept of sustainable development as a basis for the health-preserving competence of a physical education teacher. In Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on History, Theory and Methodology of Learning (ICHTML), Kryvyi Rih, UKRAINE, May 12-14.
  37. Young, D.R.; He, X.; Harris, J.; Mabry, I. Environmental, policy, and cultural factors related to physical activity in well-educated urban African American women. Women Health 2002, 36, 29-41, doi:10.1300/J013v36n02_03.
  38. Rowinski, R.; Dabrowski, A.; Kostka, T. Gardening as the dominant leisure time physical activity (LTPA) of older adults from a post-communist country. The results of the population-based PolSenior Project from Poland. Arch. Gerontol. Geriatr. 2015, 60, 486-491, doi:10.1016/j.archger.2015.01.011.
  39. Parra, D.; Gomez, L.; Pratt, M.; Sarmiento, O.L.; Mosquera, J.; Triche, E. Policy and built environment changes in Bogotá and their importance in health promotion. Indoor Built Environ. 2007, 16, 344-348, doi:10.1177/1420326X07080462.
  40. Mohajeri, N.; Symonds, P.; Milner, J.; Aplin, J.; Hale, J.; J Lloyd, S.; Fremont, H.; Younkin, S.; Shrubsole, C.; Robertson, L., et al. A tool for assessing the climate change mitigation and health impacts of environmental policies: The Cities Rapid Assessment Framework for Transformation (CRAFT). Wellcome Open Research 2021, 5, doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16345.2.
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  42. Kouthouris, C.; Zafeiroudi, A.; Georgomanos, S.; Kontogianni, E. Enhancing active living and physical exercise through environmentally friendly policies in urban areas. Physical Culture and Sport, Studies and Research 2021, 91, 47-58, doi:10.2478/pcssr-2021-0018.
  43. Downs, A. Physically Active Adults: An Analysis of the Key Variables That Keep Them Moving. Am. J. Health Ed. 2016, 47, 299-308, doi:10.1080/19325037.2016.1203837.
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An Empirical Investigation of Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes as the Correlates of Environmental Identity among Pre-Service Biology Teachers in Tanzania
Sustainability 2023, 15(1), 669; - 30 Dec 2022
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Despite the extant literature that discusses the potentiality of environmental identity in shaping people’s engagement with nature, there is little evidence of which specific domains of environmental attitudes and knowledge are connected with environmental identity. The present article reports on the results from [...] Read more.
Despite the extant literature that discusses the potentiality of environmental identity in shaping people’s engagement with nature, there is little evidence of which specific domains of environmental attitudes and knowledge are connected with environmental identity. The present article reports on the results from two studies that were conducted within the framework of the Solomon four-group design, in four randomly selected teacher colleges (TCs) in Tanzania. Specifically, study one was an intervention with pre- and post-measurements that involved indoor and outdoor environmental programs among pre-service biology teachers in two TCs. Moreover, study two was conducted in two other selected TCs, with a post-test only. The two-Major Environmental Values (2-MEV) and a Competence Model for Environmental Education were used for measuring environmental attitudes and knowledge, respectively. Finally, environmental identity was measured using the environmental identity (EID) scale. The results revealed that preservation was positively correlated with domains of identity, while other variables demonstrated overlapping relationships in different measurement points. Moreover, notable correlations between social desirability responding with some domains of attitudes and identity were evident, whereas the age of respondents had limited associations with other variables. The article concludes by proposing the need to promote environmental attitudes (EA) and knowledge as important strategies in fostering environmental stewardship. Full article
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