Bio (Richard Kool)

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Richard Kool

Richard Kool

Position

Professor

School

Environment and Sustainability

Summary

Rick Kool is founder of the MA in Environmental Education and Communication, which began in 2003. A self-confessed generalist and academic dilletante, he has published on the walking speed of dinosaurs, Northwest coast native whaling, museum exhibit design, ciliated protozoans and the sex life of marine invertebrates, along with work in environmental education and communication. His recent work has related to environmental education and how it confronts hope and despair, the potential role and place of religion in environmental education, and conceptions of change in environmental education and communication. Of particular interest is the challenges of engaging in science, health and environmental communications to science-resistant religious communities.

Experience

Kool began his professional life as a secondary school science teacher on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He then taught biology and ecology at Vancouver’s Douglas College before returning to Vancouver Island to work at the BC Provincial Museum (now Royal BC Museum) as an education officer, ending his time there as director of public programs. Kool was the environmental education co-ordinator for the BC Ministry of Environment, and co-ordinated park interpretation within BC Parks.

Credentials

  • Kool earned his EdD at Brigham Young University (1997). Dissertation: Action and education: An investigation of the place of action in the practice of education.
  • His MSc was in Zoology at the University of British Columbia (1976) as part of the International Biological Program’s “Marion Lake Project” (Institute of Animal Resource Ecology). Thesis:The ecology of the ciliated protozoa of Marion Lake, British Columbia .
  • His BA (Zoology) is from the University of New Hampshire.

Publications

Ashurst, D., Kool, R., & Snively, G. (2018). Cross-cultural marine science—Incorporating Indigenous and Western science in a culturally inclusive curriculum for all learners. In G. Snively & L. W. Williams (Eds.), Knowing Home: Braiding Indigenous Science with Western Science. University of Victoria Library. https://pressbooks.bccampus.ca/knowinghome2/chapter/chapter-7/

Denning, D., & Kool, R. (1993). Environmental Citizenship and Literacy: A Focus for Environmental Education and Learning about Sustainable Societies in British Columbia Schools.

DiGiuseppe, M., Karrow, D., & Kool, R. (2019, November 22-25). Environmental and Sustainability Education in Canadian Faculties of Education 2019 Global Conference on Teacher Education for Education for Sustainable Development, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan.

DiGiuseppe, M., Karrow, D., & Kool, R. (2020). Environmental and Sustainability Education in Canadian Faculties of Education: Not Yet in the Mainstream Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Toronto.

DiGiuseppe, M., Karrow, D. D., Kool, R., Howard, P., Lin, E., Paul Elliott, Sims, L., & Vanwynsberghe, R. (2019). Assessing the State of Canadian Environmental Sustainability Education in Teacher Education in a Post-Truth Era American Educational Research Association, Toronto.

Gilson, J., & Kool, R. (2019). The place of inspiration in heritage interpretation: A conceptual analysis. Journal of Interpretation Research, 24(1), 27-48. https://doi.org/10.1177/109258721902400103

Good, J., Hinai, M. A., Bloomfield, E. F., Kelsey, E., Kinefuchi, E., Kool, R., Senda-Cook, S., & Tam, C.-L. (2019, June 20, 2019). Communicating Environmental Spirituality Conference on Communications and Environment, University of BC-Vancouver

Hart, P., Jickling, B., & Kool, R. (1999). Starting points: Questions of quality in environmental education. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 4, 104-124. http://eduweb.brandonu.ca/~science/ee/hjk.htm

Hart, P., Jickling, B., & Kool, R. (2015). Starting points: Questions of quality in environmental education. In A. Reid & J. Dillon (Eds.), Environmental Education: Critical Concepts in the Environment. Routledge.

Hebert, G., Kool, R., & Lertzman, R. (2012). Beyond knowing and doing: the psychosocial implications of environmental education North American Association of Environmental Education, Oakland, CA.

Kool, R. (1970). Morphogenesis of Trachelostyla pediculiformis (Cohn, 1866) (Ciliophora Hypotrichida). Journal of Protozoology, 17 (suppl.)(6), 1.

Kool, R. (1975). The ecology of the ciliated protozoa of Marion Lake, British Columbia University of British Columbia]. Vancouver, BC.

Kool, R. (1979). Living Land Living Sea:  A new gallery in the British Columbia Provincial Museum. B.C. Science Teacher, 21(2), 15-17.

Kool, R. (1979). Clarification of two Mammuthus molars from the British Columbia Provincial Museum. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 16(10), 2058-2059.

Kool, R. (1979). Collecting: Problems and Proposals. B.C. Science Teacher, 20(3), 24-28.

Kool, R. (1979). An opening at Princeton. Museum Roundup, 76, 39-40.

Kool, R. (1980). Biogeoclimatic Zones made simple. B.C. Science Teacher, 21(3), 43-49.

Kool, R. (1980). Dinosaur Tracks from British Columbia. BC Science Teacher, 21(4), 46-47.

Kool, R. (1980, May-June). Isolate, Inspect, Insert. B.C. Teacher, 184-186.

Kool, R. (1980, Winter). Edges. Wildlife Review, 16-20.

Kool, R. (1981). Occupational Health in a Museum Setting. Museum Roundup, #82, 19-29.

Kool, R. (1981). The Walking Speeds of Dinosaurs from the Peace River Canyon, British Columbia Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 18(4), 823-825.

Kool, R. (1982). Long, long ago in Sooke. Discovery: Newsletter of the Friends of the Provincial Museum, 10(4).

Kool, R. (1982). Of Mammoths and Mastodons. Discovery: Newsletter of the Friends of the Provincial Museum, 10(3).

Kool, R. (1982). Northwest Coast Indian Whaling:  New Considerations. Canadian Journal of Anthropology, 3(1), 31-44.

Kool, R. (1982). Sex on the Seashore. Wildlife Review, (Spring) 

Kool, R. (1984). Why coast forests? Provocation, 3(4).

Kool, R. (1984). New environments, nervous tourists. Provocation, 3(1).

Kool, R. (1985). Northwest coast Indian whaling:  New considerations. In The Capilano Reader. Capilano College.

Kool, R. (1985). The effect of label design on exhibit effectiveness: a preliminary study. Muse, 3(2), 32-37.

Kool, R. (1985). Behavioral or cognitive effectiveness:  Which will it be? Musee et Education: Modeles didactiques d'utilization des musees, Universite du Quebec a Montreal.

Kool, R. (1986). From asbestos to awards: the story of the British Columbia Provincial Museum's Occupational Health and Safety Committee. Muse, 3(4), 36-39.

Kool, R. (1987). 'Doing the Right Thing, Doing the Thing Right':  Values, Techniques and the Open Ocean Exhibit. Conference of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums, Portland, OR.

Kool, R. (1987). Zoos and Romance:  The heart of the matter. Journal of the International Association of Zoo Educators, 18, 5 - 7.

Kool, R. (1988). Museums and romance: the heart of matter. In C. P. Blackmon, T. K. LaMaster, L. C. Roberts, & B. Serrell (Eds.), Open conversations: Strategies for professional development in museums. Department of Education, Field Museum of Natural History.

Kool, R. (1991). Museums and communities: encouraging a community of inquiry. Dawson and Hinds, 15(2), 35-39.

Kool, R. (1992, March/April). Environmental Education from  British Columbia Persepctive. Clearing, (73), 8-9.

Kool, R. (1992, May/June). EE in British Columbia: Moving Towards the Future. Clearing, (74), 7-8.

Kool, R. (1994). The very model of a modern woman scientist. Biocience, 44(1), 2.

Kool, R. (1994). Stewardship as caring. Revisiting the Land Ethic: Caring for the Land, Vancouver, BC.

Kool, R. (1995). Environmental education in British Columbia:  Directions towards the future. A Colloquium on Environment, Ethics and Education, Whitehorse, YK.

Kool, R. (1996, June-Sept.). Inside the internet. Green Teacher, (48), 38.

Kool, R. (1996). Environmental education in British Columbia:  Directions towards the future. In B. Jickling (Ed.), A Colloquium on Environment, Ethics and Education: . Yukon College.

Kool, R. (1997, Winter 1996-97). Ecotheology on the net. Green Teacher, (50), 37.

Kool, R. (1997, Spring). Expeditions on the net. Green Teacher, (51), 35.

Kool, R. (1997, Summer). National Parks on the net. Green Teacher, (52), 35.

Kool, R. (1997, Fall). The weirdest places. Green Teacher, (53), 39.

Kool, R. (1997). Action and education: An investigation of the place of action in the practice of education [Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Brigham Young University]. Provo, UT.

Kool, R. (1998, Winter 1997-98). Surfing El Nino. Green Teacher, (54), 40.

Kool, R. (1998, Spring-Summer). The on-line world of environmental monitoring. Green Teacher, (55), 45.

Kool, R. (2000). Hyperdiversity and risks in environmental education. In L. M. Darling (Ed.), Proceedings of a conference on the biology and managment of species and habitats at risk. (Vol. 2, pp. 929-934). BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks.

Kool, R. (2001, Summer). What are protected areas worth? Parks and WIlderness Quarterly, (Summer), 6-7.

Kool, R. (2001). Betting on the future - A method of analysis for environmental educators. the Web: Newsletter of the Utah Scoiety for Environmental Education, 11(1), 1, 10.

Kool, R. (2004, Spring). Touching the earth, touching the heart. Green Teacher, (73), 41-44.

Kool, R. (2004). Review of, For the Time Being, by Annie Dillard. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 9, 207-209.

Kool, R. (2004). Entering the world of on-line environmental education: Reflections on the surprising value and unsurprising challenges of on-line learning Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network annual meeting, Vancouver.

Kool, R. (2005). Grief, despair, anger, loss: Education, environmental change and human emotions Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network annual meeting, Huntsville, ON.

Kool, R. (2006). A workshop on grief, loss, and hope in the face of environmental change Canadian environmental education and communication network conference, White Point, NS.

Kool, R. (2007). Personal construct theory and its utility for environmental educators EECOM: Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network, Kananaskis AB.

Kool, R. (2007). Animals and Judaism University of Victoria Centre for Studies in Religions and Society, and the Canadian Forum on Religions and Ecology workshop on Animals, Religions and Biotechnology, Victoria, BC.

Kool, R. (2007, November). Grief, loss and hope in the face of environmental change Environmental Education Association of Washington, Tacoma WA.

Kool, R. (2008). “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”: the necessity of connecting to nature EECOM: The Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network, Rocky Harbour, NF.

Kool, R. (2008, November). Faith and deeds: Religion, spirituality and environmental education Environmental Education Association of Washington, Wenatchee, WA.

Kool, R. (2008, Summer). Something we do not own. Rhubarb: A magazine of Mennonite art and writing, 18, 19-22.

Kool, R. (2009). Hope and Deeds: Religion, spirituality and environmental education. North American Association for Environmental Education, Portland, OR.

Kool, R. (2009, 24/31 December 2009). Goodbye to Darwin from a contemporary with vision. Nature, 462, 984.

Kool, R. (2009). Roots of environmentalism Association for the Study of Literature and the Environmental, University of Victoria.

Kool, R. (2010, 14 October 2010). Science as a threat to far-right fringe. Nature, 467, 788.

Kool, R. (2010). Speaking of difficult futures: the need for time-based environmental education North American Association for Environmental Education, Buffalo, NY.

Kool, R. (2010). Betting on the future: Prophets, prophecy, and environmental education North American Association for Environmental Education, Buffalo, NY.

Kool, R. (2010). Prophets, prophecy, and environmental education EECOM: The Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network, Burnaby, BC.

Kool, R. (2010). “What goes around comes around”: Prohibitions to cruelty against animals in Judaism. Worldviews: Global religions, culture and ecology, 14(1), 83-95.

Kool, R. (2010, June). Hope and deeds and environmental education. Interactions, 22(5), 24-26.

Kool, R. (2010, December). Fear and facing the future. Eingana: The Journal of the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, 33(3), 14-18.

Kool, R. (2010). “What’s going on: ” prophecy, evaluation, and environment Canadian Evaluation Society, Victoria, BC.

Kool, R. (2011, June). Theories, change, stasis, and the problems in front of environmental education Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network annual conference, Regina, SK.

Kool, R. (2012, June). What do we talk about when we talk about change? The Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network, Waterloo, ON.

Kool, R. (2013). Limits to Growth, environmental science and the nature of modern prophecy. Ecological Economics, 85(1), 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2012.09.013

Kool, R. (Ed.). (2013). Governance 3.0: What could it be? How can we get there? Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia.

Kool, R. (2013). Transdisciplinarity and the work of the MA in Environmental Education at Royal Roads University EECOM: The Canadian Environmental Education and Communication Network, Victoria, BC.

Kool, R. (2013). Academic governance: an end or a means? In R. Kool (Ed.), Governance 3.0: What could it be? How can we get there? (pp. 45). Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia.

Kool, R. (2014). Imagining and Creating the Future Should Be Our Task North American Association for Environmental Education, Ottawa, ON.

Kool, R. (2014). Report to Ramat Hanadiv based on visit, 16-20 May 2014.

Kool, R. (2014). Environmental Education: Another way of looking Green Minds, Victoria BC.

Kool, R. (2014). Violence, nonviolence, antiviolence and contraviolence in environmental education practice "Nonviolence: A Weapon of the Strong" (Mahatma Gandhi): Advancing Nonviolence, Spirituality, and Social Transformation, St. Paul University, Ottawa.

Kool, R. (2014). Blue Boundaries: Building our communities like we live on an island….

Kool, R. (2015). Squirting Sea Cucumbers. In C. Martin (Ed.), Interpreter's Big Book of Disasters. Interpretation Canada.

Kool, R. (2015, 17 October 2015). “Hell is delusion”: Stupidity, sustainability thinking and the Blue Boundary project International Leadership Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Kool, R. (2015, 1-3 September 2015). “If I am for myself alone, what am I?”: The necessity of remembering others when Jews remember the Holocaust as part of a post-Holocaust Judaism (Keynote address) Global connections: Critical Holocaust education in a time of transition conference, Victoria BC.

Kool, R. (2016). Love, violence and hope: Marine biodiversity conservation and education at a time of radical change 2nd MABIK International Symposium, "International Trends of Efforts for Conservation and Sustainable Uses of Marine Biodiversity", Seochun, Korea.

Kool, R. (2016). Violence, non-violence, anti-violence and contra-violence in environmental education practice. In H. Eaton (Ed.), Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolence Theories. Equinox Publishing Ltd.

Kool, R. (2017). If the past is a foreign country, what is the future?: The necessity of understanding the past, confronting the present, and envisioning the future in environmental education. In P. B. Corcoran, J. Weakland, & A. Wals (Eds.), Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education (pp. 141-150). Wageningen Academic Publishers. https://doi.org/10.3920/978-90-8686-846-9_9

Kool, R. (2017). Fear of Facing the Future. In T. Grant & G. Littljohn (Eds.), Teaching Teens about Climate Change. Green Teacher.

Kool, R. (2017, September). The unspoken place of violence in environmental education: Violence, Nonviolence, Anti-violence, and Contra-violence 9th World Environmental Education Congress., Vancouver, BC.

Kool, R. (2017). “Hell is delusion”: Stupidity, sustainability thinking and the Blue Boundary project Habitat Acquisition Trust Annual General meeting Keynote presentation, Victoria, BC.

Kool, R. (2017). “… a land flowing with milk and honey (Ex. 33:3)”: Environment and issues in Israel and the Palestinian Territories A public lecture at Congregation Emanu-El, Victoria BC.

Kool, R. (2018, October). Confronting the Unspoken Place of Environmental Violence in Environmental Education. North American Association for Environmental Education, Spokane, WA.

Kool, R. (2018). Push, Pull and Resistance: Thinking about Change, and Images of the Future SPARKS: 2018 conference of the Pacific Northwest Social Marketing Association, Seattle, WA.

Kool, R. (2019). It’s worth a daily reminder: When markets are up, the environment is down. The Conversation. Retrieved May 9 from https://theconversation.com/its-worth-a-daily-reminder-when-markets-are-...

Kool, R. (2019, May 10, 2019). It’s worth a daily reminder: When markets are up, the environment is down. The National Post. https://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/its-worth-a-daily-reminder-when-ma...

Kool, R. (2019). It’s worth a daily reminder: When markets are up, the environment is down. Millenium Alliance for Humanity and the Bisophere. https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/worth-daily-reminder-markets-environment/

Kool, R. (2019, 25 October 2019). Environmental violence and environmental action: What we can do together Classrooms to Communities Provincial ProD conference, Vancouver, BC.

Kool, R. (2019). Yorke Edwards, a Canadian Pioneer Interpreter. National Association for Interpretation, Denver, CO.

Kool, R. (2019, Sep 26). Violence, environmental violence, and pro-environmental action. Clearing Magazine. https://clearingmagazine.org/archives/15219

Kool, R. (2020). “If I am for myself alone, what am I?”: The necessity of remembering others when Jews remember the Holocaust as part of a post-Holocaust Judaism. In A. van Noord & H. Thorsen (Eds.), Global Connections: Critical Holocaust Education in a Time of Transition. University of Regina Press.

Kool, R. (in press). The absence of Island thinking on Vancouver Island. In M. Rapaport (Ed.), Xeel’s’ Stepping Stones:  Environment and society in the islands within and adjacent to the Salish Sea. UBC Press.

Kool, R., & Cannings, R. A. (Eds.).( 2021). “The Object’s the Thing . . . ”   The Writings of Yorke Edwards, A Pioneer of Heritage Interpretation in Canada. Royal BC Museum.

Kool, R., & Denning, D. (1989). The JASON Project. Minds in Motion(Fall), 27-37.

Kool, R., & Elliot, E. (2017, September, 2017). The problem with “best practice” language 9th World Environmental  Education Congress, Vancouver, BC.

Kool, R., & Elliot, E. (under review). The problem with “best practice” language. Journal of Environmental Education.

Kool, R., Hvid, C., Lamy, G., & Allan, D. (1988). The JASON Project. In (Version 1.1) [Hypercard Stack]. Royal BC Museum.

Kool, R., & Kelsey, E. (2005, October). Dealing with despair: The psychological implications of environmental issues. Third World Congress on Environmental Education, Torino, Italy.

Kool, R., & Kelsey, E. (2006). Dealing with despair: the psychological implications of environmental issues. In W. Leal Filho & M. Salomone (Eds.), Innovative Approaches to Education for Sustainable Development (Vol. 25). Peter Lang. http://www.elinkelseyandcompany.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Dealing...

Kool, R., & Kelsey, E. (2007, October). Dealing with despair: The psychological implications of environmental issues. Interactions: the Ontario Journal of Environmental Education, 19(5), 17-21.

Kool, R., Lertzman, R., & Hebert, G. (2012). Beyond knowing and doing: The psychosocial implications of environmental education North American Association for Environmental Education, Oakland, CA.

Kool, R., & Littlejohn, G. (1998, Fall). Year of the ocean. Green Teacher, (56), 9.

Kool, R., & McMillian, E. (1995). An Environmental Educators' Guide to the Internet. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, and EECOM.

Kool, R., & Traynor, K. (1990). The JASON Project:  An Evaluation. Curator, 33(4), 261-271.

McClaren, M., Fulton, K., Kool, R., Kristjanson, E., & McMahen, C. (1993). Key Concepts about water resources and aquatic habitats: a framework for curriculum development. Clearning, May/June(79), 11-12.

Peart, B., & Kool, R. (1988). Analysis of a natural history exhibit:  Are dioramas the answer? International Journal of Museum Management and Curatorship, 7(2), 117-128.

Phillippe, D., & Kool, R. (2000). Taking action on climate change: Inside and outside our schools. Green Teacher, (63), 16-18.

Phillippe, D., & Kool, R. (2001). Taking action on climate change: Inside and outside our schools. In T. Grant & G. Littlejohn (Eds.), Teaching about climate change: Cools schools tackle global warming (pp. 53-55). New Society Publishers.

Turnbull-Loverock, D., Kool, R., & Kajer-Mitchell, I. (2015). Workplace culture as a driver for social change: Employee pro-environmental behaviors. In R. Wolf, T. Issa, & M. Thiel (Eds.), Empowering organizations through corporate social responsibility (pp. 29-50). IGI Global.