SOME ASPECTS OF MOTIVATION OF INTERACTION WITH NATURE

TitleSOME ASPECTS OF MOTIVATION OF INTERACTION WITH NATURE
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsLamanauskas, V
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume1
Issue2
Start Page40 - 49
Date PublishedOctober/2002
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordsinteraction with nature, motivation, primary school
Abstract

Natural Science education is important for all stages of the human’s ontogenesis. Besides, it carries a diverse and specific character throughout different age periods. Therefore, the opinion, that primary school doesn’t play a significant role guarantying Natural Science technological literacy, arises as the wrong one. On the contrary, most of the researches indicate that this stage of Natural Science education is of great importance. Moreover, the situation discloses that Natural Science education at primary school is indispensable and the most complicated one. The gaps in knowledge of the discussing subject left within this period of education can be hardly restored in the future. It has been accepted that the 21st century should be called a century of modern biology. And it concerns not intellect only. Moral issues, such as respect for nature and harmony with it, have become very important. Finally, the human should understand his inability of becoming the Lord of Nature. Thus, Natural Science Education should somehow support this idea.

Theoretical analysis allows to maintain existing various typologies of motivation. 307 primary school teachers and 257 students have participated in the research. The research indicates that the practical type of motivation of interaction with nature predominates among the primary school teachers and students while the esthetic type of motivation is in the second place. The cognitive type of motivation appears as the weakest one.

Refereed DesignationRefereed