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Joong, Y. P.,; Pan, W-H W,; Smikle, J.; Darkhor, P. H.
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Action research on environmental education in Canada, China, Taiwan and Jamaica
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Annual meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education (CSSE)
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2012
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Waterloo, ON, Canada
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Action is the goal of education. The purpose of this action research are twofold, first to investigate the “environmental attitudes and behaviours” of students in primary and secondary schools in Canada, China, Taiwan and Jamaica. The second is to investigate if integration into the Mathematics and English curriculum is an effective method of teaching students about EE. At this point we can only report on the results of the pre-tests in three countries. The action portion of this project is being implemented in China, Jamaica and Ontario. One activity performed in Grades 1-3 Math classes was that we ask students to brush their teeth with the water left on. The students measured the amount of water used and multiplied that by the number in the class. The result is similar to the amount of water on a given day used by a family of four in a village in Sierra Leone. In a senior class, students drew graphs of the number of cars in Shanghai over the past ten years and calculated the oil consumed and air pollution. An environmental fair will be held on Earth Day in each country and post-tests will be conducted. Results of the study will be reported at the conference. The student survey appeared to be an effective instrument. Pre-test results indicated that sample students have “environmental attitudes and behaviours.” They have sufficient knowledge and are aware of the problems in their communities. However, most students were incapable of significant environmental actions. They would like to have more environmental education courses. Sample teachers claimed that integration into the curriculum is the best teaching strategy. The action component of this project will determine if that were the case and how.....
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