Summer 2023 - EDUC 454 E100

Quantitative Approaches to Environmental Education (4)

Class Number: 4425

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    EDB 7506, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401 and EDUC 402 or Corequisite: EDUC 403.



Integrating mathematical, scientific and socio-cultural methods and processes of learning across the curriculum and in teaching practice. Students will experience and apply approaches that are situated in the practices of environmental and social scientists through modelling, simulation and evaluation. Students who have completed EDUC 452, REM 452, or ENV 452 may not complete this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


This course provides an introduction to environmental education, specifically in terms of qualitative and quantitative techniques used in environmental studies. Readings and activities will focus on ecological thinking and holistic approaches in environmental reasoning, with a view to constructing interdisciplinary approaches and activities for school curricula.


You will:

  1. explore how mathematical reasoning impacts environmental curriculum and instruction,
  2. learn about environmental assessment techniques that include scientific, mathematical and sociocultural perspectives,
  3. develop environmental education lessons and activities that include mathematical reasoning, and
  4. critically examine different approaches to environmental education through readings, film and other media.


  • Data collection & analysis experiment 15%
  • Analysis of an EE lesson plan 15%
  • EE lesson with mathematical reasoning (teams) 25%
  • Environmental Me Portfolio 25%
  • Participation in online conversations and engagement in classes 20%


Due to the interactive nature of this class, attendance is required. If you need to miss a class, please discuss with the instructor beforehand. You will be responsible for making up readings, reflections, and other work.



British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2007). Environmental Learning and Experience: An interdisciplinary guide.

British Columbia Ministry of Education. (2008). The Environmental Learning and Experience Curriculum Maps: Environment and Sustainability Across BC’s K-12 Curricula.

Supplementary articles and reading materials will be provided electronically via CANVAS. 

Registrar Notes:


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