Pre-service teachers and climate change: a stalemate?

Boon, Helen J. (2016) Pre-service teachers and climate change: a stalemate? Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 41 (4). pp. 39-63.

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Findings from the second phase of a study of pre-service teachers' attitudes to environmental education and knowledge of climate change are reported in this paper. A sample of 87 pre-service teachers participated in a survey study in the last year of their Bachelor of Education degree to examine developments to their attitudes to environmental education and their knowledge of climate change as a result of training. Results showed their attitudes towards environmental education were consistently favourable, but their climate change science knowledge had not changed as a result of their participation in their degree. Data on preservice teachers' sources of knowledge for climate change, their views on important substantive climate change knowledge for their future students and their perceptions of gaps in their own training in relation to climate change were also investigated in order to triangulate the survey data. Implications for preservice teacher education are discussed.

Item ID: 43682
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-517X
Keywords: climate change, initial teacher education, sustainability, pedagogy, environmental education, preservice teachers
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2016 03:39
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390499 Specialist studies in education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development @ 100%
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