what is the environment anyway?
There is a concerted effort to create environmental education programs for children, yet we often have little understanding of how children make sense of the concept of environment. The research in this doctoral dissertation includes perspectives of children aged 11 to 13 living in close proximity in New South Wales, Australia. Children’s perspectives were gathered through a drawing activity as well as their journals and small group interviews. To provide a larger contextual picture, opinions from parents, teachers, principals, and the local media were also investigated. This study fills a gap in the literature by exploring children’s perceptions of the environment and linking them to the portrayal of the environment in the surrounding community. The findings provide useful ideas about how to design and augment environmental education curriculum.