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Environmental and sustainability education policy research: a systematic review of methodological and thematic trends

Kathleen Aikens, Marcia McKenzie, Philip Vaughter

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION RESEARCH | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

This paper reports on a systematic literature review of policy research in the area of environmental and sustainability education. We analyzed 215 research articles, spanning four decades and representing 71 countries, and which engaged a range of methodologies. Our analysis combines quantification of geographic and methodological trends with qualitative analysis of content-based themes. Significant findings included temporal spikes in published policy research occurring in the mid-1970s, late 1990s, and after 2005, as well as geographic under-representation of Africa, South and Central America, Eastern Europe, and North and West Asia. The majority of articles reviewed were non-empirical; em..

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