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The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy

Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2019, 15(1), e02201,
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This paper describes the measurement and outcomes of a novel teacher environmental literacy assessment. The Teacher Environmental Literacy Assessment (TELA) uses a contextual view of environmental literacy, and includes measures of Knowledge, Self-efficacy, Environmental Identity, Behavior, Issue Identification, and Strategy Selection. A sample of formal and nonformal educators and experts were selected to take and be interviewed about TELA responses. We found demographic differences, particularly between nonformal and formal educators. In addition, experts chose different types of strategies to address environmental issues than educators. The TELA can identify gaps in educator environmental literacy, which is vital content knowledge for educators.


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Hunter, R. H., & Jordan, R. C. (2019). The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 15(1), e02201.
Hunter, R. H., and Jordan, R. C. (2019). The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 15(1), e02201.
Hunter RH, Jordan RC. The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2019;15(1):e02201.
Hunter RH, Jordan RC. The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy. INTERDISCIP J ENV SCI ED. 2019;15(1), e02201.
Hunter, Roberta H., and Rebecca C. Jordan. "The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education 2019 15 no. 1 (2019): e02201.
Hunter, Roberta H. et al. "The TELA: A New Tool for Assessing Educator Environmental Literacy". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, vol. 15, no. 1, 2019, e02201.


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