Experimentation with a Socio-constructivist Process for Climate Change Education

TitleExperimentation with a Socio-constructivist Process for Climate Change Education
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsPruneau, D, Gravel, H, Bourque, W, Langis, J
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Pagination429 - 446
Date Published2003/11//
ISBN Number13504622
Keywords*Original 959, 1RRP, 2WAC, CANADA, Eastern, CLIMATIC changes, COMMUNITIES, CONSTRUCTIVISM (Education), education, Include, Include RRP, Include WAC, R1 FINAL INCLUDE, Round1 Include, Round2 Include AWB, SCIENTIFIC experimentation
AbstractA socio-constructivist and experiential process for climate change education was experimented within two coastal communities of Eastern Canada with 39 students 13 and 14 years of age. The pedagogical process, based on local observation of climate change, Duit's conceptual change theory (1999) and experiential learning, aimed for the improvement of students' conceptions of climate change: the nature of the phenomenon, its signs, causes, consequences and remedial actions as well as the possibility of mobilizing the population in reducing its impact on climate. Initial and final interviews with the young adolescents indicated an improvement in students' ideas about climate change's diverse dimensions. However, the students expressed their uncertainty regarding the adults' ability to change their behaviour. Students also identified educational activities that helped improve their conceptions.
Short TitleEnvironmental Education Research