Episode 23: Dr. Rupu Gupta, Building Community, Part 2

This week we return to our conversation with Dr. Rupu Gupta, conservation psychologist at New Knowledge Organization whose research focuses on inclusion and equity in the environmental field.

Last week, Dr. Gupta talked about community building. Part of our conversation centered around the paper “Practitioners’ perspectives on the purpose of environmental education.”

Today we take a brief look at this paper about practitioners’ perspectives.

In this paper, Dr. Gupta and her colleagues answer this big question:

How do North American environmental education practitioners (from both formal and non-formal institutions) think about their work?


Show Notes

This week we return to our conversation with Dr. Rupu Gupta, conservation psychologist at New Knowledge Organization whose research focuses on inclusion and equity in the environmental field.

Last week, Dr. Gupta talked about community building. Part of our conversation centered around the paper “Practitioners’ perspectives on the purpose of environmental education.”

If you read this paper, it becomes clear that the field of environmental education (EE) is struggling to answer the question, “What’s it for?”

At the center of the debate about what EE is for, is whether or not EE is about:

  • Advocacy

  • Behavior Change

  • Science Education

  • Democratic-decision-making

  • Critical thinking about social transformation

Today we take a brief look at this paper about practitioners’ perspectives.

In this paper, Dr. Gupta and her colleagues answer this big question:

How do North American environmental education practitioners (both from formal and non-formal institutions) think about their work?

Dr. Gupta and colleagues get to the heart of this question by asking practitioners, “What to YOU is the purpose of environmental education?”


Related Resources

Fraser, J., Gupta, R., & Krasny, M. E. (2015). Practitioners’ perspectives on the purpose of environmental education. Environmental Education Research, 21(5), 777-800.

Gupta, R., Ardalan, N., & Fraser, J. (2017). The intergroup context of environmental education and approaches to facilitate collaboration. Small Group Research, 48(4), 420-454.

New Knowledge Organization, Ltd. (2012). Perspectives on Environmental Education: Curriculum, Instructor Guide, and Materials. New Knowledge Resource #EPA.6361.03 (Download)


Tania Marien