Students of Action? A Comparative Investigation of Secondary Science and Social Studies Students’ Action Repertoires in a Land Use Context

Research
TitleStudents of Action? A Comparative Investigation of Secondary Science and Social Studies Students’ Action Repertoires in a Land Use Context
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsKumler, LM
JournalThe Journal of Environmental Education
Volume42
Issue1
Pagination14 - 29
Date Published2010/09/17/
ISBN Number0095-8964
Keywordscivic action knowledge, environmental action knowledge, mixed-method studies, science education, social studies education
AbstractEnvironmental education (EE) and social studies education share an interest in behavioral outcomes. This study compares behavioral outcomes—including both self-reported knowledge of actions and reported actions taken—in the context of a land use curriculum enacted in secondary science versus social studies classes with 500 students and nine teachers. Data included pre- and posttests for comparison and intervention groups, classroom observations, and student and teacher interviews. Results indicated that students tended to know and undertake individual rather than collective actions toward sustainable land use. The type of actions students identified varied by course type: when the EE curriculum was presented in science class compared to social studies, students showed less diverse knowledge of actions in support of sustainable land use.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00958960903479829