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ERIC Number: ED504870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr-13
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Implementing Selective Waste Collection: The Articulation between Pedagogical Theory and Practice in the Pollution and Ecology Class in the Environmental Control Technical Course
Rocas, Giselle; Gonzalez, Wania R. Coutinho; Araujo, Flavia Monteiro de Barros
Online Submission
This study focuses on the implementation of selective waste collection in a school located on the outskirts of the city of Rio de Janeiro. The participants consisted mainly of 64 students taking an Environmental Control technical course during 2007 and 2008. By addressing selective waste collection, the pedagogical proposal aimed at: a) enabling students to encourage practical behavioural changes and create new habits in terms of using natural resources; b) encouraging participants to reflect on our responsibility towards the planet and human survival itself, by providing the school community with elements to help create social and environmental responsibility. The transdisciplinary approach of the environmental theme and the pedagogical principals of critical theory were used as the theoretical basis for this study. The aim of this study was to emphasize the articulation between environmental education practices and a model of society that recaptures the quality of life of the individual. The qualitative research combined both qualitative and quantitative technical and methodological procedures. The results obtained indicate that the experience in question has great social relevance: pedagogically, it helps articulate the content of different subjects such as biology and chemistry; it allows for the reduction of environmental degradation in deprived regions; and it contributes to the creation of peer educators who will encourage the impoverished communities on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro to become more aware of the importance of selective waste collection. (Contains 1 footnote, 1 figure, and 2 tables.)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil