ECO-TEAM FORMATION IN LATVIA AND THEIR ROLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

TitleECO-TEAM FORMATION IN LATVIA AND THEIR ROLE IN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsBartuseviča, A, Cēdere, D
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume2
Issue2
Start Page5 - 11
Date PublishedMarch/2003
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Keywordseco-teams, environmental education
Abstract

The attitude of an individual to various phenomena, the environment among them, to great extent depends on understanding these issues. The world experience with eco-team activities as a means of building environmental understanding has already been known for more than a decade. Alongside with the foreign experience, this article gives an insight in the process of eco-team formation in the Baltics, especially in Latvia.

The first results allow us to look upon eco-teams as a new and ambitious pedagogical strategy that is a good incentive to introduce the environmental education as a school subject to build a comprehensive and caring attitude towards the nature and the processes inside it.

The very participation in an eco-team is an education, it offers the individual real chances to contribute to the improvement of the environment, combining the theoretical knowledge obtained in the separate study subject classes with practical work. Consequently, it motivates the students to further action. Thus the knowledge acquired in the subject classes may promote useful activities in families, social life, at leisure and in everyday life.

The first results, the interest of students and teachers in this method imply that the eco-team is a new and promising pedagogical strategy, helping the students to develop an evaluative and caring attitude towards the surrounding environment and its processes as well as providing learning motivation for natural science subjects.

The initiative of eco-team coaches, the pedagogical skills of eco-team leaders and the activity of the current participants will to a large extent determine whether and to what extent will eco-team movement spread and succeed in Latvian schools and society in future.

Refereed DesignationRefereed