How do primary pre-service teachers in a regional Australian university plan for teaching, learning and acting in environmentally responsible ways?

Gooch, Margaret, Rigano, Donna, Hickey, Ruth, and Fien, John (2008) How do primary pre-service teachers in a regional Australian university plan for teaching, learning and acting in environmentally responsible ways? Environmental Education Research, 14 (2). pp. 175-186.

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Abstract

Integrated unit plans with an environmental focus can provide opportunities for school students to develop critical thinking skills, and to act in responsible ways - that is, to develop 'action competence'. In this study, environmentally focused integrated unit plans, developed and implemented by final year pre-service teachers at an Australian regional university, were analysed to determine the extent to which they contained concepts that promoted action competence. Results here suggest that more work could be done in the area of pre-service education to prepare teachers for teaching, learning and acting responsibly in relation to complex environmental issues. In particular, there could be more emphasis on developing integrated unit plans that empower school students and promote critical thinking, democratic processes and action-oriented knowledge.

Item ID: 6280
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: science education; environmental education; integrated unit plans; action competence; critical thinking; pre-service teacher education
ISSN: 1469-5871
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2010 04:34
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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