Towards an environmental education without scientific knowledge: an attempt to create an action model based on children's experiences, emotions and perceptions about their environment

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TitleTowards an environmental education without scientific knowledge: an attempt to create an action model based on children's experiences, emotions and perceptions about their environment
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsTsevreni, I
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Volume17
Issue1
Pagination53 - 67
Date Published2011/02/01/
ISBN Number1350-4622
Keywordsaction, action model, children's participation, empowerment, environmental education, self‐confidence, urban planning
AbstractThe paper presents an alternative approach to environmental education which focuses on children's ideas and action rather than scientific knowledge. The approach is based on children's willingness and ability to act and participate in their community and environment. The paper contributes to the development of an alternative pedagogical proposition for environmental education that is inspired by critical education. The proposed action model has emerged from a one‐year qualitative, participatory research in a pilot primary school in Athens, with the active engagement of 60 children, aged 9–12. The action model describes a path from denial of action to willingness for action. It can be used to encourage children to become involved in their environment and community and to feel strong and confident to act.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504621003637029

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