ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: PROVIDING A CONTEXT FOR A MEANINGFUL SCIENCE EDUCATION

TitleENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: PROVIDING A CONTEXT FOR A MEANINGFUL SCIENCE EDUCATION
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsPace, P
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume2
Issue1
Start Page28 - 35
Date PublishedMarch/2003
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordsenvironmental education, science curricula
Abstract

The paper initially highlights the main principles and methods of environmental education and the opportunities and challenges it offers to a fragmentary curriculum structure ... with special reference to science curricula in Malta. The results of a survey about teachers' attitudes about environmental education are then analysed in relation to the possibility of promoting environmental education as a cross-curricular unifying theme. The paper proposes specific guidelines for the development of science curricula that are both interdisciplinary and socially relevant.

Success in an enterprise necessitates the critical evaluation of one’s objectives, the assessment of the current state of affairs and the careful consideration of the implications inherent in proposed actions in order to clearly define what is really worthwhile. Curriculum development in science education is no exception. Science that is not socially relevant and meaningful to the learners' needs is increasingly becoming obsolete. The question is not whether this change will affect us or not, but rather when will it hit us? In our efforts to make science education more worthwhile we should seriously consider the benefits of infusing environmental education within the science curriculum.

Refereed DesignationRefereed