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ERIC Number: ED477545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
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The Status of Environmental Education in Latin American Middle and High Schools.
Cronin-Jones, Linda; Penwell, Rebecca; Hakverdi, Meral; Cline, Shannon; Johnson, Courtney; Scales, Ingrid
This research investigated the status of environmental education (EE) in private American and international middle and high schools throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The study population consisted of all 50 dues-paying member schools in the Association of American Schools of Central America, Columbia-Caribbean, and Mexico (the Tri-Association). Members include 17 schools in Mexico; 8 schools in Columbia; 4 schools each in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic; 3 schools in Jamaica; 2 schools each in El Salvador, Honduras, and Venezuela; and 1 school each in Nicaragua, Haiti, Ecuador, and Panama. Results of the survey indicated that even in the best situations throughout Latin America, EE is being hindered by a lack of available quality regional EE curriculum materials, lack of access to teaching materials, and widespread teacher misconceptions about EE infusion and the definition of EE. Findings strongly support the need for quality regional EE curriculum development and ongoing teacher training in Latin American schools. Studies involving 7-12 teachers in the United States yielded similar results. Teachers' perceptions of important environmental issues differed from what the community and students considered important, but the teachers' perceptions were all compatible with the EE goals and objectives set forth by the United National Environmental Programme. (Contains 29 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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