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Exploring science teachers’ attitudes and knowledge about environmental education in three international teaching communities.
International Journal of Environmental & Science Education (2010)
  • Todd Campbell, University of Connecticut
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
  • Ibrahim Erdogan, Mus Alparslan University, Tuyrkey
  • Danhui Zhang, Beijing Normal University, China.
Abstract
This study examined the similarities and differences among 171 Grade 7-12 science teach-ers from three different countries (54 U.S, 63 Bolivian, and 54 Turkish) with respect to their attitudes toward environmental education (EE) and instructional practices. The in-strument employed explored how teachers‘ knowledge, instructional practices, decision-making process, and cultural features influenced their EE attitudes and praxis. The instru-ment, which was translated into Spanish and Turkish and then back into English, contained a personal data form that included demographic questions and a three-part questionnaire. Based on the analysis completed, significant differences were found between these three countries with respect to 1) teacher‘s knowledge about global environmental issues, 2) teachers rationales for including environmental education in their science classroom in-struction, and 3) while there were no significant differences in the importance of religion in the teachers lives, there were significant differences in the extent to which teachers reported religion influencing instructional decisions. In addition, there were differences regarding the resources that teachers reported drawing on as they included EE in their classrooms. There were no significant differences found when comparing the three countries with re-spect to extent to which each country reported including technological and/or environmen-tal problems in science classroom instruction. Finally, generally there was agreement re-garding teachers‘ goals and objectives in science classrooms with respect to EE and the most important global environmental problems/threats.
Keywords
  • Environmental Education,
  • Global Environmental Issues,
  • Inservice Teachers,
  • International Science Education
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring January 1, 2010
Citation Information
Campbell, T., Medina-Jerez, W., Erdogan, I., & Zhang, D. (2010). Exploring science teachers’ attitudes and knowledge about environmental education in three international teaching communities. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education. 5(1), 3-29.