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Title: Environmental Knowledge and Attitudes Amongst a Cohort of Pre-Service Primary School Teachers in Fiji
Contributor(s): Taylor, Neil  (author)orcid ; Doff, Tamar  (author); Jenkins, Kathryn Ann  (author); Kennelly, Julie Anne (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.2167/irgee223.0
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Abstract: Fiji is developing rapidly, and with an emerging middle class, more of its population are adopting a western lifestyle with its associate patterns of high consumption. This is inevitably having an impact on the country's environment with increased waste production and energy use, and consequently there is a need for effective environmental education to help alleviate these problems. Primary teachers will play a pivotal role in educating children for and about the environment in the coming years. This study reports the findings of a survey of pre-service primary teachers' knowledge and attitudes to the environment locally and globally. The findings indicate that although the majority of teachers interviewed had adopted an 'environmental paradigm' insofar as they wanted to protect the environment, many did not feel that it was necessary to modify their lifestyles in order to do so. The findings suggest that this might be addressed through improved professional development in environmental education and this would be timely given current reforms taking place in the primary sector in Fiji with the introduction of new curricula and assessment regimes.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 16(4), p. 367-379
Publisher: Channel View Publications
Place of Publication: Bristol, UK
ISSN: 1038-2046
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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