ERIC Number: EJ1121152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Environmental Education School Coordinators Have a Mission?
Šimonová, Petra; Cincera, Jan
Discourse and Communication for Sustainable Education, v7 n1 p23-36 Dec 2016
Teachers who are specialized in environmental education (environmental education school coordinators) can play an important role in empowering students to shape a sustainable future. In this study, the authors examined a group of Czech environmental education school coordinators. The authors aimed to clarify how they interpret their role at their respective schools, how they perceive their self-efficacy, and what they observe as benefits and barriers to their work as a coordinator. They conducted a qualitative study with focus groups and completed individual in-depth interviews with the coordinators. The results suggest that the coordinators view their work as a mission. The ultimate goal of this mission is to change the children's behavior to make it more pro-environmental, and, at the same time, to establish this effort as a commitment of the whole school. The authors identified different forms of mission, described development in time and connected them with the perceived self-efficacy of the coordinators.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Environmental Education, Specialists, Teacher Role, Self Efficacy, Barriers, Qualitative Research, Focus Groups, Semi Structured Interviews, Elementary School Teachers, Grounded Theory, Coding
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic
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